Fox is close to greenlighting a new X-Men TV series from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix. And while FX’s other X-Men TV spin-off, Legion, is apparently going to be completely independent of the film franchise, Nix has confirmed that this new show is set with the movies’ continuity in a similar way in which Agents Of SHIELD sits inside the big screen events of the MCU.
According to Deadline, early versions of the script have been received enthusiastically by the suits at Fox and Marvel TV, and Fox chairman Gary Newman expects the final draft to come in shortly and a pilot pickup within the next week or two.
The series focuses 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. Nix exec produces with X-Men movie stalwarts Bryan Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner.
Meanwhile, ComicBook.com reports that Nix opened up about the relationship between the new show film series while speaking at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.
“Without getting into specifics that I’ll get murdered for, I would say that a fan of the movies — particularly the movies but also the comic books — would not be disoriented as to where this fits in the mythology. If you look at the movies that take place, they don’t all line up perfectly. So it’s not like I’m slavishly fitting myself into a particular slot [but] if you like that world and the world of the movies, there are definite nods to it, it definitely exists in the same general universe.
“Without getting into specifics, it’s sort of designed to side-step questions like, ‘Where is Wolverine?’ So you sort of have to answer those questions, and I didn’t want to do anything like, ‘Wolverine is just offscreen!’ You know what I mean. So it exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend time dwelling on that issue.
“So within that, there are a certain amount of those characters I can use, and I’m using some of those, but others I’m inventing. But everything is invented with a nod towards 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. It was like, ‘Oh I see what he’s doing, yes.’ So I tried to do a lot of that. I didn’t want to get into the realm of too much ‘Yep! New X-Men here we go!’ because with this there’s a little bit of fan service.”
Sounds good to us!