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.