The X-Men are heading from the big screen to the small screen (again) with FOX developing an action-adventure series, from writer Matt Nix (Burn Notice, APB).
Variety reports the untitled series 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.
20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television will co-produce the series with 20th handling physical production. Nix will serve as exec producer with Bryan Singer, amongst others.
“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 David Madden, president, entertainment, FOX Broadcasting Company. “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.”
Whilst FOX has had comic book series such as Gotham and Lucifer, they have been from DC Comics. It recently put a Hellfire series from Marvel into development, but it is no longer moving forward.
There have been a number of animated X-Men TV projects in the past, including X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men. Meanwhile Legion, created by Noah Hawley, is due to premiere on FX in early 2017 starring Dan Stevens.