Fox Orders X-Men TV Pilot From ‘Burn Notice’ Creator

By January 25, 2017

Twentieth Century Fox isn’t ready to let go of those X-Men film and television rights anytime soon.

Not only is FX set to debut Legion on Feb. 8, but now the Fox network has ordered a pilot from Fox 21 Television Studios that will bring the X-Men themselves, more or less, to television.

Matt Nix, best known for creating Burn Notice for USA Network, is developing the untitled project for both Fox and Marvel Television, according to Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva. In fact, Fox isn’t wasting any time already having started looking at potential actors who could star in the series.

The drama … focuses on two ordinary parents who discover that 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 show appears particularly timely, dealing with the plight of minorities in society where there might not be enough tolerance for them.

Like most of the other Marvel shows, there will be border walls erected between the television side of Marvel and the film side, although events from the films could influence what happens in the show.

What makes this move even more interesting if Fox did indeed pick the pilot up for series, Andreeva added: Fox would become the only network to feature both DC and Marvel television shows. ABC and Netflix have remained primarily Marvel, while Fox and The CW have focused more on DC.

Fox’s potential X-Men series would join DC products like Gotham and Lucifer.

Even if Fox decides not to move forward with a series, chances are still very high fans will get a chance to see what Nix was trying to do. Fox has ordered a put-pilot, meaning if Fox doesn’t air at least the pilot, it could incur a substantial financial penalty.

That might not mean too much coming from Fox’s production house to its network, but that penalty also would be payable to Disney-owned Marvel as well.

Although Burn Notice was by far Nix’s most successful series to date, the writer and producer has a long-standing relationship with Fox 21, including shows like the short-lived Billy Crystal/Josh Gad series The Comedians for FX, as well as the Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks series The Good Guys, which lasted just a single season in 2010.

Fox is expected to make a decision on the new X-Men project in the spring.

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