An X-Men Series Is in the Works at Fox

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 - 5:24PM
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 - 5:24PM
All right, let's give this one more try. After announcing X-Men series Hellfire last year, only for the project to fall apart before ever entering production, Fox is trying to develop another X-Men TV show, possibly focusing on all-new characters.

With the X-Men movies proving to be very successful at the box office (although Apocalypse was technically a disappointment), Fox is doing its best to leverage the property. Last year, they announced the X-Men series Legion and Hellfire, with the former now ordered to series. It will be helmed by Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, and will star Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza in a dark, gritty drama about Professor X's son, who realizes that his supposed schizophrenia may be a manifestation of mutant powers. Hellfire, meanwhile, was intended to follow Marvel Comics' Hellfire Club, a group of wealthy villains bent on world domination, but the project languished after creators Evan Katz and Manny Coto departed to work on 24: Legacy.

Now, the network is taking another bite at the X-Men apple, and developing an as-yet-unnamed series about a pair of ordinary parents who discover that their children possess mutant powers and go on the run from the corrupt government. Burn Notice's Matt Nix will serve as showrunner, write the pilot script, and executive produce along with X-Men heavy hitters Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Simon Kinberg, as well as Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
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"Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network – and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe," Fox Entertainment president David Madden said. "There's comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series."
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It's interesting that they immediately cite "existing mythology," when this sounds very much like an origin story and there's no mention of any comic book connections with the actual characters. It's possible that they're keeping it under wraps, but it's also very likely that they'll want to save the most prominent comic book characters for the movies, and are creating original characters with the X-gene for the TV show. But regardless, it will probably have comics characters, if only as supporting players, and will have Easter eggs (and likely movie connections) galore.


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