Fox orders pilot for X-Men TV series

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A TV show based on the X-Men franchise is in development at Fox.

According to Variety, this untitled show will follow two every day parents with mutant children. As the government hunts them down, the family teams up with a band of underground mutants to get by. Burn Notice creator Matt Nix will executive produce the series with Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory. This project isn’t the only X-Men-related show in the works. FX’s Legion is set to premiere in 2017. A Hellfire Club series was also in the development at FOX, although it appears that show is not longer on the table.

“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,” said Fox Entertainment President David Madden. “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.”

It’s unclear if this new show will share the same continuity with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movies. Marvel has developed a few TV shows that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Agent Carter. DC, however, has decided to keep its TV universe (The Arrowverse) and its movie universe (The DC Extended Universe). It should also be noted that Fox Broadcasting is the host of the DC show, Gotham, which centers on a young Bruce Wayne before Batman. With a DC show and a Marvel show sharing the same network, could we see a crossover between the Dark Knight and Wolverine? Probably not…

In any case, we look forward to learning more about this X-Men series, which has loads of potential given the talent involved.


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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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