Marvel may not have the film and TV rights to the X-Men, but Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb is still heavily involved in Fox's plans to bring the X-Men to TV. Though little is yet known about Fox's recently announced X-Men TV project, Loeb says he's excited "as an X-Men fan."
"As an X-Men fan, and ultimately, what Matt [Nix] - the showrunner and creator - brings to it is that the X-Men are always stories about family. That's where they start, that's where they live. It's about understanding how we deal with each other," Loeb told IGN. "It's about parents that don't understand what's wrong with their kids, it's about kids that don't understand their parents. And he understood that. He got it."
The new, untitled X-Men series actually evolved from another previously announced X-Men TV project, titled Hellfire. According to SlashFilm, showrunner Matt Nix evolved his concept when the original writers attached to Hellfire moved on to Fox's 24 revival.
Fox TV CEO Dana Walden explained the change further, saying “We did see an early draft of Hellfire and there was a lot of work to be done. Manny and Evan were getting very busy with the new 24. At a certain point we all regrouped, together with Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner and Jeph Loeb at Marvel and really made a decision. I would say if there was anything about Hellfire that was not ideal for us, it felt like a show that wanted to live as a feature rather than really taking advantage of what television does best: exploring relationships and characters and smaller moments. It doesn’t mean it can’t feel like a big show but Hellfire felt more like another installment of the features.”
The untitled X-Men project has no projected release date or cast yet attached.