New updates have been coming out regarding Matt Nix’s (Burn Notice) mysterious X-Men television series as FOX had their Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour today. The project, which received a put pilot commitment back in the summer, is reportedly getting closer to getting an official pilot order as casting is underway.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Nix about the upcoming Marvel project and got a lot of interesting details. One of the questions he got was about the show’s place in the larger X-Men Cinematic Universe and it seems like it will co-exist, while also standing on its own.
“A fan of the movies but also the comics would not be disoriented at all as to where this fits in the mythology. If you look at the movies, which take place from — they started in 2003 to now — they don’t all line up perfectly. I’m not slavishly fitting them into a particular slot. But at the same time, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to the movies. It exists in the same general universe.
[When asked if there are plans for direct tie-ins with the films, similarly to the Marvel Cinematic Universe] “Close but not exactly. In a general way, it acknowledges that events like the events that have happened in movies have happened. But it’s not up to date. It’s still evolving so we’ll see how much that comes in. It’s certainly ‘Since this happened in X-Men: Apocalypse, all of these things are happening,’ which I think is cool but they’ve already done that.”
While the show hasn’t gotten the pilot order yet, Nix did stress that the show will be very serialized and expects the episode order to be around 10-13 episodes, rather than a full 22-episode season.
In addition, Hollywood Reporter asked him for some clues on the mystery characters that are leading this show. While he wouldn’t reveal the identities of the duo just yet, he did tease that it will be a combination of original as well as established characters.
“[I get to invent] some. It’s designed to sidestep questions like, ‘Where is Wolverine?’ You have to answer those questions. I didn’t want to do anything where it’s like, ‘Wolverine is just off-screen.’ It exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend a lot of time dwelling on that issue. Within that, there are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I’m inventing — but everything is invented with a nod toward the existing mythology. … When I was pitching the show, I pitched some characters that appear nowhere in the mythology but the guys from Marvel, when I started describing them, all gave each other knowing nods where [they understood what I was doing].”
In case you missed it, here is the official synopsis for the untitled series:
“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.”
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.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter