Fox certainly seems to be in the business of actually exploiting their Marvel properties these days. Last year, we not only got an X-Men film, but a Deadpool movie as well. On the TV front, they’ve been pushing their upcoming FX series Legion, and now, the X-Men series that’s been in development at Fox finally seems to have made decent headway.
According to the folks over at Deadline, Fox is actually nearing a pilot order for the TV drama from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix. The outlet went on to say that the early versions of the script had been “received enthusiastically” at Fox, Fox TV, and Marvel Television (who is partnering with Fox on this). Fox chairman Gary Newman went so far as to say that we can likely get a pilot pickup within the next week or two, which sounds an awful lot like a sure thing.
As of this writing, the series is untitled, but is described as follows:
“[It] focuses on 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. The show appears particularly timely, dealing with the plight of minorities in society.”
So when can we expect this series to hit Fox? Well, nothing’s been written in black and white just yet, but in a statement at the TV Critics Association press tour (via IGN), Newman stated that the upcoming 2017-2018 TV season is a real possibility:
“We would love to do that and think it’s possible.”
Thus far, the TV superhero space has largely been a Marvel Television and DC zone. With this season’s Legion and this new show, it looks like we’re sure to get a little different flavor than we’re used to — which is a good thing. We can only hope that these shows will be different enough to justify their existence on TV, otherwise, we may be in a for a short run.
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