Fox has been very clear about its desire to bring a live-action X-Men series to TV, and so far, it looks like everything is going according to plan. The project has recently been given a full pilot commitment, Variety reports. This means that it’s highly likely a series will air. The action-adventure series is set to come from writer Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and producer Bryan Singer (the X-Men films).
The series doesn’t have a name at this point, but details of the mutant-centric story have been revealed. We can reportedly expect the plot to focus on a family that goes into hiding when the ordinary parents realize their children have unusual abilities. They will find their way into a network of mutants as they try to elude the threat posed by the government.
The project is one Fox is openly excited about, and it will be the first co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television. “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 of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, according to Variety.
Madden also highlighted specific elements of the project, including the “comic book adventure” and “rich, existing mythology from which to draw.” It doesn’t hurt, either, that the production team is well-versed in X-Men. Singer will team up once again with producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, both of whom have worked on the films, and they will be joined as EPs by Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Nix will also executive produce.
The project looks promising for Fox and will place the network among rivals like ABC, Netflix, and Freeform, which have all brought Marvel characters to the small screen.