Fox’s long-gestating X-Men project is heating up.
The network on Wednesday announced that is formally developing an action-adventure series with Marvel that centers on the villainous gang known as The Hellfire Club.
Tentatively titled Hellfire, the potential series — which counts X-Men vet Bryan Singer among its EPs — will be set in the 1960s and follow a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires (AKA The Hellfire Club) to take over the world. (X-Men: First Class introduced moviegoers to two Hellfire-ians, Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost, as played by Kevin Bacon and January Jones, respectively).
“We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology that has captivated fans for years,” said Fox president David Madden in a statement. “These powerful and dynamic characters are complicated and larger-than-life, the pace and visual imagination are unrelenting, and the story takes place during one of the most explosive eras in recent history. We are so looking forward to working with this incredibly talented team.”
Star Trek 3 scribes Patrick McKay and JD Payne will pen the script and serve as EPs alongside Singer and 24 vets Evan Katz and Manny Coto. X-Men‘s Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, as well as Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory, will also EP.