Why Fox’s Hellfire Club Was Dropped In Favor Of The Gifted

A couple years back, Fox revealed their plans to expand their mutants to the world of TV. At the time, they stated that they’d be making Legion for FX (Which hit earlier this year), and a series based on the Hellfire Club, a band of elite mutants who often clash with the X-Men.

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As we know now, Hellfire Club never made it to production, but in its place was The Gifted. Why is that? Speaking with EW, X-Men film producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed the simple reason behind it all.

“It was too many characters ad not enough depth of character.”

Given the difficulties the X-Men films have with balancing their characters, that’s quite the valid concern. Then entered Matt Nix, who came in with something that was right up their alley. Rather than focus on an entire team, why not focus more on a family?

The concept evolved, and now we have The Gifted, which follows the events after two parents find out their kids are mutants. Things are further complicated by the fact that the father, Reed, works for Sentinel Services, an agency that incarcerates humans.

The rest is history.

So what do you think? Did Fox make the right choice here? Have you had a chance to check out The Gifted, and what did you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: EW (Print)

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