We finally know what's up with Fox's X-Men TV series, and it's not at all what we expected. Marvel and Fox have cut a deal to work together on a new television series focused on the Hellfire Club. Get ready for some period-set sci-fi action.
Tentatively titled Hellfire, the series would be set in the late 1960s and follow a young special agent who learns a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires (aka the Hellfire Club) to take over the world. As fans are likely well aware, the Hellfire Club is a major piece of the X-Men comic lore, and featured prominently in X-Men: First Class.
The proposed televisions series would be produced by Fox’s X-Men guru Bryan Singer (along with some of Marvel's TV team) and would serve as a co-production between Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production. Fox Broadcasting’s President David Madden noted the series would feature “powerful and dynamic characters” that are “complicated and larger than life.” He went on to say the story they’ve conceived would also explore one of the “most explosive eras in recent history.”
“HELLFIRE is a unique opportunity to be able to go deeper with some of these extraordinary characters, but to also dramatize new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about,” commented Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television. “The action at the center of HELLFIRE will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too!”
It’s worth noting this news comes just a few months after we heard Fox was working to develop an X-Men TV series. No word on whether this is that exact project (though it seems likely) or if this is a separate project that could complement (or replace) that pitch. If nothing else, this is a major move to push the X-Men brand into a new medium — and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Hey, if this one works out, we also have a few other ideas. Just sayin'.
What do you think? Would you watch a period-set Hellfire Club series?