FOX Orders X-MEN Pilot From MARVEL & 20th CENTURY FOX

X-Men by John Cassaday
X-Men by John Cassaday
Credit: Marvel Comics

Fox has made a "put pilot commitment" for an X-Men television series from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, according to Variety. Currently untitled, the X-Men series is jointly produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with the former handling physical production. Nix will be joined by Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, as well as Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, as executive producers.

"The untitled series will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers," explained Variety. "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."

Fox had previously optioned a Hellfire series from 20th Century Fox and Marvel, but that project has reportedly been terminated.

“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 the network's President of Entertainment, David Madden. “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.”

Fox already broadcasts two comic book-based series with DC's Gotham and Lucifer, although the network has a unique history with Marvel as the original broadcaster of the 1992 X-Men cartoon series which Marvel Comics has recently revisited.

“Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project," said Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television. "Matt’s a huge fan of X-Men and his take on X-Men, 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.”
 

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