It looks like the wheels are moving faster on Fox’s upcoming X-Men TV series than we had previously thought. Having previously confirmed that Burn Notice creator Matt Nix would serve as executive producer on the recently ordered pilot, we know now that Bryan Singer will direct the pilot episode.
Having directed four out of the six main X-Men movies, it’s undeniable that Singer is familiar with the characters, even if X-Men: Apocalypse showed that he doesn’t necessarily get them anymore.
Speaking at the TCAs, fellow exec producer Lauren Shuler Donner indicated that unlike FX’s Legion series and the recent Deadpool movie, this will fit in with Fox’s established cinematic universe, saying: “Matt’s is much more a part of just the world in terms of there are mutants, mutants are hated and there are Sentinels — though very different from what we’ve seen before. You feel like you’re here in the X-Men world. With Legion, we’re our own universe. It gives Noah the freedom to do what he wants to do. Because we play with so many different timelines, and we rebooted and not really rebooted and all that, we felt like, OK, we’re going to throw it out there and hope the fans accept it.”
Even so, it’s a bit of a risk. While there is a cinematic universe of sorts, the continuity can charitably be described as muddled – we get headaches just trying to fit everything together in our heads. Hopefully this will concentrate more on being its own beast rather than connecting with everything that came before it, but we’ll wait and see.
The synopsis for the series tells of “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,” with Nix and Shuler Donner executive producing alongside Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
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