FOX Close To Ordering Pilot for New X-Men Series
By: Okon Essien
When it comes to superhero shows, FOX is usually not the network that’d come to mind today. Sure, they have Gotham, and soon they’ll have Black Lightning, but they had more popular superhero shows in the past. Just to name one: X-Men
FOX’s animated X-Men series is possibly their best superhero show to date. It ran for about five seasons, and brought many popular X-Men stories to life – with some surprisingly mature themes for the time – in almost complete accuracy. The show was very popular with viewers, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that all these years later, FOX wants to return to that familiar property – but in a different form.
Deadline has reported that FOX is currently in the process of picking up the Pilot of a new live-action series based on the popular Marvel characters. The early drafts are being written by Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and both FOX and Marvel TV seemed to be pleased with what they’ve seen so far (reportedly).
We’re unclear of which characters will be featured in this series, or just how connected to the film universe this will be, but here’s the current synopsis for the show (via Deadline):
“…focuses 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 show appears particularly timely, dealing with the plight of minorities in society.”
The show’s producers are Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory. We don’t have any release dates yet, but FOX chairman Gary Newman expects the final draft of the pilot to be completed within a couple of weeks.
As soon as more details are out, we’ll share them with you guys. Right now, let us know what you think about this in the comment section below!