Fox Orders Untitled XMen TV Pilot

first_img Looks like Fox is moving forward with its X-Men TV strategy.Matt Nix, best known for creating Burn Notice, is moving ahead with a TV pilot based on the comic book franchise. Fox handed out an official pilot order on Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.The report describes Nix as a “diehard” X-Men fan who will pen the script and act as showrunner. He’ll also executive produce along side franchise veterans Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Simon Kinberg as well as Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.Nix has been talking about his idea for the show publicly for a while, and it follows a typical X-Men/mutant plot. He said the show “revolves around two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.”Sounds like an average day in the X-Men universe.This isn’t the first X-Men-inspired TV show to grace Fox’s airwaves. FX’s Legion is set to debut on Feb. 8, but it isn’t connected with the X-Men movieverse continuity. Nix saw the show and, speaking with reporters at the Television Critic’s Association winter press tour, said that his show wouldn’t connect with that.“I thought ‘I really need to see Legion to make sure that I don’t step on anything they’re doing.’ Then I saw it and was, like, ‘There’s no chance I’m stepping on anything they’re doing,’” he said.Nix also stated the show wouldn’t be in line with the movies. He cited Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a similar project, but noted it wouldn’t be tied to the movies exclusively. It’ll acknowledge large-scale events like Apocalypse but would work on its own. However, Nix added that the idea is still evolving.At the very least, and we appreciate this as X-Men and comic book fans, Nix said that he wants to create a new story that doesn’t rehash old events or characters, at least for the sake of it.“I owe something to my 10-year-old self right now, and I need to respect that, and I need for that kid who is obsessively reading comic books, I need there to be something rewarding, where they don’t feel that they wasted their time and they know what this is,” he said.There’s no word yet on when the pilot will be completed. The as of now untitled project hasn’t been ordered to series (hence a pilot order and not a straight-to-series order), so it may not happen at all. Regardless, Nix is hoping to have something by this upcoming pilot season to show off.Since the movies have stalemated in terms of its overarching plot (what can you really do after Apocalypse) and Fox seems to be focusing on spinoffs, for now, it makes sense to give TV a shot. It’ll allow them to tell smaller stories without the pressure of studios to create large-scale action blockbusters and will give them breathing room to get into details. X-Men is an ensemble franchise, so having space will be helpful, so we don’t become inundated with characters and backstory again.Regardless, we’ll be following this one and will bring you more details as we get them. Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men?SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men Stay on targetlast_img