After years in development, this’ll (probably) finally happen.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Fox put in an order for a put pilot for the series. A put pilot means that Fox will either air the pilot as a special or a series, but it’ll more likely just be a series. Burn Notice creator, Matt Nix, will be writing the script.
He will also executive produce the pilot, along with veterans of the X-Men Franchise Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg as well as Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
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.
Working with Marvel on a television series for Fox has been a professional dream for our head of development, Michael Thorn, and all of us at the studio,” said Jonathan Davis, president of creative affairs at 20th. “Matt, Lauren, Bryan, Simon, Jeph and Jim are a powerhouse team of creative artists, and we can’t wait to get started on what will easily be one of this development season’s most exciting new projects.
The plot of this currently untitled X-Men show involves two ordinary parents discovering that both of their children possess mutant powers, which forces them to go on the run from a hostile Government. The family ends up joining an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
The network was originally developing Hellfire, a show based around the Hellfire Club, to be their X-Men series. Fox also has Legion premiering next year on FX. That’s in great hands as it was created by Fargo’s Noah Hawley.
Hellfire fell through when Evan Katz and Manny Coto, who were overseeing the project, left to focus on 24: Legacy. Honestly that sounds like it would make for a far more interesting show than what we’re getting. This plot just sounds incredibly generic and very been there done that. I’m hoping for the best so. I can see this working.