About six months ago, we learned that Burn Notice creator Matt Nix was involved in a mysterious new X-Men spinoff series for Fox. Since then, all’s been relatively quiet about the comic book project — until now.
Written and executive-produced by Nix, the as-yet-still-untitled X-Men TV series is currently awaiting an official pilot order from the network (a decision should be reached shortly). Deadline reports the co-production between 20th Century Fox TV and Marvel TV (like FX's upcoming Legion, which is slated to premiere on Feb. 8) will center on "two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive."
The concept sounds an awful lot like the pilot for Marvel's Most Wanted (except with mutants ... and kids), which ended up being passed on by ABC when the network also culled Agent Carter (still sobbing forever) from its roster last year. It'll be interesting to see what makes this one stand out from the rest of the TV crowd, and which "underground network of mutants" will be featured.
Could it be the Morlocks? (The group appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as 'The Omegas.')
More importantly: Are we going to see existing X-Men characters in this series?
Early versions of the script have apparently been very well-received by Fox and chairman Gary Newman said he was expecting the final draft to be turned in soon, with the pilot to receive the greenlight in the next week (or two). The site also reports that some tentative casting was already underway -- although that's not a 100% guarantee that the pilot will indeed go ahead, sounds like everything's coming up roses.
What do you guys think?
UPDATE: In a recent article over at The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Nix revealed the series will be set in the "same general universe" as the movies, adding that there will be new characters as well as some familiar ones. Here's what he said:
"A fan of the movies but also the comics would not be disoriented at all as to where this fits in the mythology. If you look at the movies, which take place from — they started in 2003 to now — they don't all line up perfectly. I'm not slavishly fitting them into a particular slot. But at the same time, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to the movies. It exists in the same general universe.
"[I get to invent] some [characters]. It's designed to sidestep questions like, 'Where is Wolverine?' You have to answer those questions. I didn't want to do anything where it's like, 'Wolverine is just off-screen.' It exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend a lot of time dwelling on that issue. Within that, there are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I'm inventing — but everything is invented with a nod toward the existing mythology. … When I was pitching the show, I pitched some characters that appear nowhere in the mythology but the guys from Marvel, when I started describing them, all gave each other knowing nods where [they understood what I was doing]."