Back in May, we brought news that FX had elected to move forward with a full series order for Legion, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name (although the TV version may not have the same connection to Professor Xavier and the larger X-Men universe as his comic book counterpart). Now it seems that Fox is hoping to increase the number of mutants on television, with Variety reporting that a pilot order has been given to a new X-Men television series.
The new venture will be a co-production between 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix writing the pilot and serving as executive producer alongside longtime X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
Variety says the new series will focus on two parents who make the startling discovery that their child has developed mutant abilities. Fearing for their safety, the family goes on the run from the government, joining up with an underground group of mutants to keep them safe.
Fox had already dabbled in comic book adaptations with Gotham and Lucifer, both based on DC Comics characters, but this will be their first project with Marvel, and Jeph Loeb is thrilled about the prospects:
“Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project. Matt’s a huge fan of ‘X-Men’ and his take on ‘X-Men,’ 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’s David Madden also chimed in with his own thoughts:
“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. 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.”
Madden is definitely correct about the rich mythology of the comics, but Singer’s involvement could prove to be a point of contention for fans that have grown increasingly frustrated with the recent X-Men films, and the significant liberties they’ve taken with character origins and beloved story arcs. It’s also unknown whether the series will be part of the same continuity as the existing movies, which could make it difficult for some of the more popular mutants (and their corresponding actors) to appear on the small screen, or if it will utilize some of the lesser-known heroes and villains.
With the proposed X-Men series in such an early stage of development, it might be awhile before we learn more about the details. But as always, you can stay tuned to GeekNation.com for all the latest updates.
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