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, theyâ€™ve been pushing their upcoming FX series Legion, and now, the X-Men series thatâ€™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 â€œreceived enthusiasticallyâ€ 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:
â€œ[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.â€
So when can we expect this series to hit Fox? Well, nothingâ€™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:
â€œWe would love to do that and think itâ€™s possible.â€
Thus far, the TV superhero space has largely been a Marvel Television and DC zone. With this seasonâ€™s Legion and this new show, it looks like weâ€™re sure to get a little different flavor than weâ€™re used to â€” 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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