X-Men Project Snags Pilot Order at Fox, Burn Notice's Matt Nix Set as Writer

Fox’s long-gestating X-Men project is inching closer to reality, with the network officially placing a pilot order and hiring Burn Notice creator Matt Nix to write the script.

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.

TVLine’s sister pub Variety first broke the news.

Last August, Fox co-chairman Dana Walden confirmed that the network was “in negotiations with Marvel” on a long-running X-Men series. Regarding a potential conflict with Marvel, which is based out of ABC/Disney, Walden said, “The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature [films] side, so we won’t be including Marvel charcters that are at ABC with Disney.”

“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,” said Fox president David Madden in a statement. “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.”

Added Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television: “Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project. Matt’s a huge fan of X-Men and his take on X-Men, with its rich characters and high-stakes adventure, is exactly the show we want on Fox. It’s a great team of creative producers who will be making something entirely unique.”

In addition to penning the pilot script, Nix will serve as an exec producer alongside three veterans of the X-Men film franchise: Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg.

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18 Comments
  1. ABG says:

    FOX? Meh.

  2. Theresa says:

    So Fox and at least Marvel TV are now playing nice. I wonder if the Studios will follow their example?

    • Rob Horine says:

      Fox owns X-men rights for movies and tvs. Marvel has nothing to do with it. In fact, Marvel has all but cancelled any X-Men in their comics. Zero X-Men titles in their new Marvel Now program. And only a few mutants on various teams (young cyclops in Champions and Storm in Black Panther).

      • Tatharnio says:

        Actually, Marvel IS involved in this project. As stated in the article:
        ‘Added Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television: “Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project.”‘

  3. Shaun says:

    The Tomorrow People?lol

  4. Larry says:

    Considering how terrible Fox has been with the X-Men films, it’s hard to get excited with any television ventures with the property. I really hope that Marvel is getting something out of this arrangement for giving up the television rights. Also, the overall concept for the television show seems a very watered down version and least costly way to present a X-Men series. Casting is the only way I’m going to buy into this show.

    • Shaun says:

      my guess is the Skrulls

      • Erik says:

        According to James gunn (director of guardians of the Galaxy) marvel can already use the skrulls. Just not certain ones (I’m guessing super skrull since he has the fantastic fours abilities)

        • Shaun says:

          maybe that was the trade off,for the rest of them.

          • skyebright8 says:

            Agree or the fantastic four rights, I can see marvel realising they’ll never get the xmen back but pushing for characters Fox isn’t using or not using well

  5. patrickmaloney33 says:

    I cannot wait to see how this turns out! Sounds excellent!

  6. Lauren says:

    Someone stop Singer.

  7. Tom says:

    Sounds awful. Why dont they just do The New Mutants, and then throw in Cable for Season 2, and then lead into a Cable and Deadpool movie for 2019, and a full on X-Force movie in 2020!

    But instead we get another sort of comic book TV show, like Gotham is sort of Batman, or Smallville was sort of Superman. Which sucks compared to an actual comic book TV show, like The Flash!

  8. Joey Padron says:

    Glad Fox finally ordered a pilot for an X-Men series! Can’t wait to see who they cast for the roles on the show!

  9. rahajicho says:

    Cut the parents. Age up the kids.

  10. Mulekick74 says:

    Had at me at Matt Nix. Loved Burn Notice except for the path of the final two seasons, but hung in there and had a major payoff at the end. Please please let there be a Chuck Finley reference?!?!?
    And can Coby Bell be the dad? Or a main sidekick?

  11. Matt Nix is a great addition, I just hope Fox stops playing it so safe, because the drop-off from X-men, Fantastic 4, basically all Superhero FOX shows, is purely down to ‘safe casting’, rather than casting outspoken characters.

    Which is how they actually had success, Hugh Jackman is all wrong physically for Wolverine, but he channels the soul-of-Logan. Deadpool was the most successful R-rated movie of all time.

    So be bold, don’t just get names(the rejuvenated X-men) get characters that vibe right.

  12. Ansing says:

    I’m not too excited, it’s FOX, they’ll probably cancel it after nine episodes anyway.