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New X-Men TV series rises at Fox from Bryan Singer and Matt Nix

07.12.2016

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There have been several television projects based upon Marvel's X-Men universe in various stages of development over the past few years and now we have another one to add to the pile. Marvel announced today that Fox has made a put pilot commitment for a new as-yet-untited Marvel action-adventure series. Burn Notice creator Matt Nix will pen the pilot script and serve as executive producer alongside Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory.

Entertainment president of Fox Broadcasting David Madden said:

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. 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.

The untitled 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." Hold the phone, Kevin, doesn't Fox already have an X-MEN related series in development? As of yesterday, you'd have been correct, but Variety is saying that Hellfire, a 1960's set series which would have followed "a young special agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires, known as “The Hellfire Club,” to take over the world," has now been shelved. Marvel Television will be producing the new series along with Fox, and Marvel Television president Jeph Loeb had this to say:

Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project. Matt’s a huge fan of X-Men and his take on the X-Men universe, 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.

Although the details are sparse, what do you make of Fox's new X-MEN series and how do you feel about the shelving of Hellfire?

Source: VarietyMarvel

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11:43PM on 07/14/2016
First of all, the premise sounds a bit dark. Perhaps it is set in the alternative timeline from Days of Future Past. One thing they could do is have a grown up Jubilation Lee be the person in charge seeing as how she was a teenager in the 80s and would be in her forties now. The title would have to be X-Factor.
First of all, the premise sounds a bit dark. Perhaps it is set in the alternative timeline from Days of Future Past. One thing they could do is have a grown up Jubilation Lee be the person in charge seeing as how she was a teenager in the 80s and would be in her forties now. The title would have to be X-Factor.
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3:50PM on 07/13/2016

Hellfire...Hell, no.

Did Hellfire spring from seeing First Class? I guess they figured, by now, that that's not what we want. I think mutants thrive in a more colorful (neon) decade- like the 80's and 90's. I also believe a dark and gritty (and consequentially- more violent) tone will serve the mutant characters well. They are, after all, outcasts. Why wouldn't they be hiding in the shadows and in he dark? I'm not saying they're batmen, but they definitely don't blend in with regular folks in the daylight.
Did Hellfire spring from seeing First Class? I guess they figured, by now, that that's not what we want. I think mutants thrive in a more colorful (neon) decade- like the 80's and 90's. I also believe a dark and gritty (and consequentially- more violent) tone will serve the mutant characters well. They are, after all, outcasts. Why wouldn't they be hiding in the shadows and in he dark? I'm not saying they're batmen, but they definitely don't blend in with regular folks in the daylight.
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9:11AM on 07/13/2016
This concept just sounds stupid. On it's own, it could be a decent sci-fi series. But when you try to tie it into the X-Men universe, but don't actually use the X-Men, it becomes something similar to Agents of SHIELD.

I can understand that they either can't or don't want to use Prof. X and some of the other characters from the movies. That makes sense, there's no way the actors would all come on board for a series at this point in their careers, and it would be too complicated to have a
This concept just sounds stupid. On it's own, it could be a decent sci-fi series. But when you try to tie it into the X-Men universe, but don't actually use the X-Men, it becomes something similar to Agents of SHIELD.

I can understand that they either can't or don't want to use Prof. X and some of the other characters from the movies. That makes sense, there's no way the actors would all come on board for a series at this point in their careers, and it would be too complicated to have a set of characters for the movie and the same set of characters played by different actors in a series.

But the concept of X-Men could still work really well as a series. You bring to life some of the other characters from the X-Men comics that have not been introduced in the movies (there are still A LOT of characters that have not been shown in the movies). And you set the story around them at Xavier's school. The X-Men can be referenced, but don't really associate with the students as they're grown-ups dealing with shit like Apocalypse and Magneto. So the X-Men are kind of like a myth or legend to these students, but the series follows them on their journey through school while they learn to use their powers and figure out their place in the world.
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9:07AM on 07/13/2016

Meh

I just don't see how they will be able to do the mutant scenario justice. No way Fox is going to spend the money it would take to make it look cinematic, and that is what the audience will be expecting. Look forward to dumbed down powers and zero mutants with flying abilities. Hello telekinetics! (it's easy to make things fly around, just not people).
I just don't see how they will be able to do the mutant scenario justice. No way Fox is going to spend the money it would take to make it look cinematic, and that is what the audience will be expecting. Look forward to dumbed down powers and zero mutants with flying abilities. Hello telekinetics! (it's easy to make things fly around, just not people).
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5:22AM on 07/13/2016
A straight up X-Men series with Xavier and co front and centre is exactly how X-Men should be used, with such a large range of characters and stories to use.

Approach it structurally like Lost: each episode focuses on a particular character, while also having a season-long story as well.

Feels like a no-brainer. But of course, its Fox.
A straight up X-Men series with Xavier and co front and centre is exactly how X-Men should be used, with such a large range of characters and stories to use.

Approach it structurally like Lost: each episode focuses on a particular character, while also having a season-long story as well.

Feels like a no-brainer. But of course, its Fox.
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3:35AM on 07/13/2016

So Midnight Special then?

But in the Xverse? Yea, I could be down for a show like this.
But in the Xverse? Yea, I could be down for a show like this.
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1:07AM on 07/13/2016
With those names attached, no thanks.
With those names attached, no thanks.
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11:38PM on 07/12/2016

Good, but....

I think the X-Men lends itself to a weekly show, if done properly, adhering to the original material, and with good FX and acting. Could be something.

However, if Bryan Singer is attached...well forget everything I just said. :(
I think the X-Men lends itself to a weekly show, if done properly, adhering to the original material, and with good FX and acting. Could be something.

However, if Bryan Singer is attached...well forget everything I just said. :(
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10:25PM on 07/12/2016
Ah what? I also thought the show, Legion, is currently being made with some of the cast being hired
Ah what? I also thought the show, Legion, is currently being made with some of the cast being hired
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2:47AM on 07/13/2016
Yeah, Legion is still a go, but it's at a different network, I think FX. Originally, Legion and Hellfire were announced at the same time, btu Legion ended up moving forward and apparently Hellfire didn't.
Yeah, Legion is still a go, but it's at a different network, I think FX. Originally, Legion and Hellfire were announced at the same time, btu Legion ended up moving forward and apparently Hellfire didn't.
8:34AM on 07/13/2016
Gotcha man, thanks
Gotcha man, thanks
9:51PM on 07/12/2016
Hellfire? I thought the X-Men project that was being developed was the one about Charles Xavier's son, Legion? That's the first time I've ever heard about the Hellfire project.
Hellfire? I thought the X-Men project that was being developed was the one about Charles Xavier's son, Legion? That's the first time I've ever heard about the Hellfire project.
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9:04PM on 07/12/2016
I see one reason for this...cost. What made the Hellfire Club style series so interesting to me is that it was a period piece. It was part of why I loved Agent Carter so much. So many period pieces have ended or are ending, so it would be a great time for a mutant set period show to launch. What they have replaced it with might or might not be good. It sounds like a generic ont he run show with superpowers. We'll see.
I see one reason for this...cost. What made the Hellfire Club style series so interesting to me is that it was a period piece. It was part of why I loved Agent Carter so much. So many period pieces have ended or are ending, so it would be a great time for a mutant set period show to launch. What they have replaced it with might or might not be good. It sounds like a generic ont he run show with superpowers. We'll see.
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