Surprise, surprise —Fox is serious about getting into the X-Men business.
Entertainment Weekly reports the network has ordered a pilot for Matt Nix’s currently untitled X-Men TV series, which focuses on a family that goes on the run and joins an underground network of mutant fugitives. It's described as an action-adventure project, and initial reports indicate it could connect to the X-Men film saga, though we wouldn't expect any big-screen heroes to actually pop up. Best guess is it'll go the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. route with loose references and nods as opposed to explicit crossovers.
Nix's series is executive-produced by X-Men movie heavyweights Bryan Singer (who will direct the pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter), Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner. Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are also attached. Nix himself is no stranger to TV, having run USA's moderate hit Burn Notice. That show was admittedly a bit formulaic but still a lot of fun.
This untitled series evolved from an initial pitch focusing on the Hellfire Club, which would've followed a special agent investigating the iconic X-Men baddie team. At the time, Fox said that proposed series wanted to "live as a feature" and wasn't panning out as the best fit for episodic television. Nix was brought in to develop a new concept and this new project was born.
If Fox does pull the trigger on a series order for this show, it'll join fellow DC hits Gotham and Lucifer on the primetime schedule. Meanwhile, FX is also getting ready to debut its own X-Men related series with Noah Hawley’s Legion.
What do you think of the project? Would you tune in for this one?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)