There’s a second X-Men-based TV show on the way. While FX gets ready to launch Legion – a show based on an X-Men comics character but which all the production team have been at pains to point out won’t feel anything like a weekly small screen X-Men movie (see here) – FOX and Marvel have announced that they’re joining forces on a pilot for a new X-Men series with Matt Nix (Burn Notice) writing the script and executive producing.
According to Variety, the as-yet-untitled show will focus on two 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. The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production.
“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,” says David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “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,” adds Jonathan Davis, president, creative affairs, 20th Century Fox Television. “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.”
“Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project,” adds Jeph Loeb, executive producer and head of Marvel Television. “Matt’s a huge fan of X-Men and his take on the X-Men universe, with its rich characters and high-stakes adventure, is exactly the show we want on FOX. It’s a great team of creative producers who will be making something entirely unique.”
FOX and Marvel were previously in negotiations to develop a Hellfire TV series (based on the league of villains in the Marvel Comics universe, and seen in X-Men: First Class) but that project is no longer happening.