20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television are co-producing a new “X-Men” series. The network announced on Tuesday that it has made a put pilot commitment for a new Marvel action-adventure show. Matt Nix will write the script and executive produce alongside Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
The untitled Fox Marvel Project will focus 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.
“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,” Fox Entertainment president David Madden said. “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.”
“Working with Marvel on a television series for Fox has been a professional dream for our head of development, Michael Thorn, and all of us at the studio,” said Jonathan Davis, president of creative affairs at 20th. “Matt, Lauren, Bryan, Simon, Jeph and Jim are a powerhouse team of creative artists, and we can’t wait to get started on what will easily be one of this development season’s most exciting new projects.”
Fox and Marvel were previously developing the “X-Men” drama “Hellfire,” which is now not moving forward after Evan Katz and Manny Coto, who were overseeing the project, exited to focus on “24: Legacy.”
Fox has been trying to develop a “X-Men” series for many years since 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the film franchise. Meanwhile, Marvel is also teaming up with FX and Noah Hawley for the mutant-themed series “Legion” and has the “Daredevil” spinoff “Punisher” in development at Netflix.