UPDATE: It is being reported that FOX is nearing a pilot order for the untitled X-Men series. A pilot pickup is expected to arrive within the next two weeks. In addition, casting is reportedly already underway.
Last summer, it was revealed that FOX had given Matt Nix’s (Burn Notice) untitled X-Men TV series a put pilot commitment after Hellfire Club was scrapped as the initial mutant related show for the network. Since then, very little has been said about the project, until today as FOX is having their Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour day. IGN spoke with FOX Chairman Gary Newman who gave some very positive updates on the mystery series.
“We’re deep into development on that. We’re expecting a script shortly. The materials we’ve seen so far have been very, very promising. Development across the board this year is a little slower than usual, so we’re not, unfortunately, ready to make an announcement about it, but we’re very encouraged.”
When asked if the show will be able to make it into the 2017-2018 TV Season, Newman seemed very optimistic about production being able to start soon so that the show will be able to make it into the next TV season.
“We would love to do that and think it’s possible.”
Nix’s creative team consists of X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, director Bryan Singer, X-Men screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, Jim Chory and Marvel TV’s president Jeph Loeb, that will all be serving as Executive Producers on the project. These people are also involved with another upcoming X-Men TV series, Legion, which is debuting next month on FX
“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. The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production.”