About a year ago, there was solid word that 20th Century Fox was working on multiple X-Men TV projects, all based around different sets of characters and stories. We have had two of those proposed series in Legion and the newly-premiered The Gifted, but one fell by the wayside: Hellfire Club.
The eponymous villain team known for many years of being adversaries to the X-Men, there was a project lined up to focus on the Hellfire Club and multiple members, but it never was commissioned and a solid reason was not given, until now.
X-Men films and TV producer Lauren Shuler Donner was interviewed recently in Entertainment Weekly, and spoke on what happened with the Hellfire Club series not getting off the ground:
It was too many characters and not enough depth of character.
This does seem like a legitimate reason, as even some recent superhero TV shows (ahem, Marvel’s Inhumans) can struggle with finding a place for all their characters and a means to deepen them, even in a pilot episode. The success of the first season of Legion as well as the early ratings and critical success for The Gifted means that Fox can be happy with their investments and not grieve too long for any other lost X-Men TV show.
The Gifted airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. Legion has been renewed for a second season, set to premiere February 2018.
Source: EW (via ComicBookMovie.com)
6 Mutant Characters Who Should Appear On ‘The Gifted’
The Gifted is Fox’s new attempt at putting the X-Men on the silver screen. While FX’s Legion was more isolated from the rest of the mutant world, Gifted will take place in a world closer to the comic books. People know what mutants are, and due to their fear of the unknown, mutants are often ostracized and forced to hide underground.
Thematically, the show seems to be about resistance and forging new communities in the face of hatred. The show focuses on one family, but their adventures are bound to cross paths with numerous mutants as they try to build a new life for themselves. To build a proper community on a TV series, the writers need people that the audience will care about and connect with. The show will have a lot of new, original characters for fans to latch onto, but if Fox wants to play in the X-Men world, they might as well use a few established characters.
Hit Next to learn more about six mutant characters who should appear on Gifted.