If multiple X-Men movies weren’t enough for you, then get ready, because the franchise is moving to the small screen. Or at least, it will be soon.
Fox announced Tuesday that it has optioned a pilot for an as-yet-untitled Marvel action-adventure series that takes place in the X-Men universe.
So far, the bare bones of a plot have been revealed: The series will revolve around two “ordinary” parents who discover that their children have mutant powers. Turned into fugitives by a rigid government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants in order to survive.
The show will be written and executive-produced by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), and will have the help of X-Men franchise vets Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are also joining the party and will aid in production.
“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 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.”
“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 Century Fox. “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.”
Surely there will be more specific details to come as the show’s production gets underway. There have been no announcements regarding casting.