Hot on the heels of their announcement of FX's Legion pilot, Marvel has announced another television project with potentialties to 20th Century Fox's X-Men film universe: Hellfire at Fox.
Hellfire is a 1960's period piece about a "Special Agent" who learns that a mysterious woman with special powers (Emma Frost, anyone?) is working with a secret society known as the "Hellfire Club" to take over the world. From the sound of it, Hellfire will take cues from Matthew Vaughan's X-Men: First Class, a 1960's period piece with the Hellfire Club at the center.
Interestingly, Hellfire is produced as a joint effort by Fox and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production. More fuel for comic book conspiracy theorists' fire.
“We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology that has captivated fans for years,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “These powerful and dynamic characters are complicated and larger-than-life, the pace and visual imagination are unrelenting, and the story takes place during one of the most explosive eras in recent history. We are so looking forward to working with this incredibly talented team.”
“Hellfire is a unique opportunity to be able to go deeper with some of these extraordinary characters, but to also dramatize new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about,” commented Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television. “The action at the center of Hellfire will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too!”
Hellfire is currently in development, with no premiere date scheduled.