A new X-Men TV series is headed to FOX.
Variety reports the untitled X-Men series will be executive produced by Bryan Singer focusing "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."
The new X-Men series, Marvel and Fox's first, is being written by Burn Notice's Matt Nix who will also serve as executive producer in addition to Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
The project has received a put-pilot commitment from Fox, which means if Fox doesn't air the pilot episode, they'll pay a hefty monetary penalty to Marvel (so it's a safe bet the series is a definite go).
“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 David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “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.”
“Working with Marvel on a television series for Fox has been a professional dream for our head of development, Michael Thorn, and all of us at the studio,” commented Jonathan Davis, president, creative affairs, 20th Century Fox Television. “Matt, Lauren, Bryan, Simon, Jeph and Jim are a powerhouse team of creative artists, and we can’t wait to get started on what will easily be one of this development season’s most exciting new projects.”
“Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project," Jeph Loeb said. "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.”
The report also mentions the planned Hellfire TV series has been cancelled.
Legion is also set to debut on FX.