Fox orders new X-Men TV series to pilot

A new X-Men TV series is on the cards for Marvel and Fox

There’s superheroes everywhere you look on TV at the moment: Marvel has them, DC has them – everyone has them. Now, the market is about to get even more crowded, with 20th Century Fox and Marvel Television teaming up to create a pilot for a new X-Men-themed series.

Although precise details are non-existent at the moment, the synopsis details, “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.” Very X-Men, in other words. Or maybe it’ll feature a different incarnation, like X-Force or X-Factor. Or maybe it’s literally underground – the Morlocks, perhaps?

Matt Nix (Burn Notice) will be acting as showrunner, while Marvel familiars Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are all executive producing. With this show being mooted in place of the dropped

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21:  Writer Matt Nix speaks at the "Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe" Panel during Comic-Con 2011 on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Matt Nix will serve as showrunner on the new X-Men TV series.

Hellfire, it seems as if Marvel is determined to have a presence on the small screen.

Speaking in a press release, David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox, 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.”

Loeb added: “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 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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