This could be either a very exciting development or a cause for concern for X-Men fans around the world.
Marvel Television and 20th Century Fox Television have locked in a deal to co-produce an adventure series set to focus on mutants.
Fox has officially ordered a pilot for the untitled project, which has X-Men filmmaker Bryan Singer, X-Men feature producer/writer Simon Kinberg, Burn Notice writer/executive producer Matt Nix, longtime X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, and Marvel producers Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory all on board to executive produce. Nix, whose television writing credits include The Good Guys and The Comedians, is poised to pen the screenplay.
Although it has been confirmed that the series will be focusing on mutants, there’s been no official word on which mutants will feature and whether or not the series will tie in with Fox’s cinematic universe.
According to Fox’s official press release, the series…
…will focus 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 series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production.
“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,” David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, said in a statement.
“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.”
Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television, added: “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. 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.”