If you don’t know already, Fox and Marvel Television are teaming up to develop a brand new television series from creator Matt Nix (Burn Notice) set in the X-Men universe (the second, after FX’s Legion). Fox has already given the series a pilot order and we just learned earlier today that Bryan Singer — director of four out of the six main X-Men films, including the first two that started it all, the exceptional Days of Future Past and last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse — has been brought on to serve as executive producer and director of the pilot.
Here’s the synopsis:
“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.”
In a recent interview with CNET, Nix spoke a bit about what sets this series apart from the previous X-Men films, with which this series is supposedly set in the same universe. You can read his statement in his own words, discussing the series’ more “intimate” approach, below:
I’m trying to parse exactly what I’m allowed to say and what I’m not allowed to say… It’s a story that definitely comes at the world of mutants from the side. One of the things that’s come out [publicly] is the idea of a family that discovers their kids are mutants and has to go on the run. The movies and the comics have generally started with the X-Men and encountered the world outside from the perspective of the X-Men. This show flips that on its head, in the sense that it doesn’t exclusively take place inside the world of people who are already X-Men and know that world.
It’s also, I’d say, a more intimate story, in the sense that’s what television does well. So I’d say it also explores issues surrounding mutants and what that experience is in a way that’s hard to do in a two-hour movie because [a movie] needs to move very quickly and needs to get to big action. So we can explore some of the more intimate aspects of that over time. Does that make sense? I wish I could give you more…
We wish you could too, Mr. Nix! As a longtime X-fan, this series sounds like it could be really cool. What really got me excited was the confirmation last week that Sentinels will appear in the series, which seems all the more appropriate now that we know Singer is directing, having directed the only X-Men film to really put the mutant-hunting robots to good use in DOFP.
So, what do you think? Would you like to see a more “intimate” story in the X-Men Universe? Let us know in the comments below.