While other studios have struggled to recapture the success of Marvel’s MCU with their own take on Marvel properties, Fox seems to be handling one of their Marvel franchises with relative success. Indeed, though the studio took a beating, both commercial and critical, with their reboot of Fantastic Four, their X-Men universe is chugging along quite respectably. The critical and commercial success of this year’s Deadpool and the financial success of X-Men: Apocalypse serves to strengthen the studio’s hand as an alternative source for Marvel stories outside the confines of the MCU.
Now, the studio is set to make waves on television. Earlier this year, it was announced that FX would air Legion, an X-Men inspired series that won’t take place in the same universe as its cinematic counterparts. Still, the early buzz surrounding the series has led to some interesting ideas for the TV side of the X-universe, including the announcement of a new series now in development and the plans for a sister series to Legion.
Marvel and FOX released a statement today announcing the put pilot commitment for a new, as-yet-untitled X-Men series at FOX. The series is set to be produced and overseen by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), who will also write the pilot. The announcement was made by FOX President David Madden, who revealed basic plot details while praising the concept for the series:
“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.”
The series is said to follow two ordinary parents who discover their children are mutants. Under an increasing threat from mutant-hostile government agencies, the family goes on the run into the underground world of mutants while they fight to stay together and to survive. While it’s yet to be confirmed that the series will take place within the same universe as the X-Men movies, it’s certainly fitting of the concepts and themes previously explored there.
Marvel’s own Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, offered some kind words regarding the showrunner, expressing his faith in the direction of the series:
“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 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.”
The news comes with the announcement that the production of Hellfire, which earlier this year lost its showrunners, has officially been declared a dead project. That announcement was confirmed with a tweet from Variety reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister (@EWagmeister) July 12, 2016
Television is a particularly fluid world, and it’s possible that Hellfire and its problems behind the scenes led to the development of this new project; it’s also possible that the new project is an evolution of the ideas developed for Hellfire, but that the series changed so much in its development a new angle was taken. The loss of Hellfire is sad new for fans of the franchise, but it’s still set to be great year for X-Men fanatics. With Legion and now this series locked and loaded for release sometime next year, there’s plenty to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on the details of this new X-Men series as news develops.