The X-Men TV series gets a table read photo ... and a title

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Mar 10, 2017

We've heard quite a bit about the upcoming live-acton superhero TV series from writer Matt Nix and director/producer Bryan Singer.

We know it's ostensibly set in the same fictional universe as the X-Men films, that Singer will direct the pilot, and that its cast of characters includes iconic mutant Lorna Dane.

We've also, over the last few weeks, seen casting announcement after casting announcement for the show, some of them quite big.

What we hadn't heard in the midst of all of this was a title for the series, and we were getting really tired of typing "Untitled Fox Marvel Project" over and over.

Well, we don't have to do that anymore.

Late Friday, producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who's been part of the X-Men films since the beginning -- tweeted out a photo of a cast table read for the series.

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It's a nice photo, but while it's really cool to see Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker and Jamie Chung and the rest of the gang all getting to work together, the big news of the tweet actually came in the caption. We finally have a title for the series: Gifted.

Now, that's a pretty generic title for a mutant show, but it's also the title of the first arc of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's classic Astonishing X-Men run. Coincidence? Probably, but there is certainly plenty of precedent for that name in association with the X-Men. It's also just a nice, bright change for a franchise that's dished out films titled The Last Stand and Apocalypse. I dig it, even if it just ends up being a working title.

So, the next big live-action superhero series is untitled no more! Are you excited for Gifted?