Last year it was revealed that Fox would be teaming up with Marvel Entertainment to develop televsion series based on the X-Men franchise, which would focus on Legion & The Hellfire Club. Shortly after though, Hellfire lost it’s showrunners to 24: Legacy. Word regarding the project following that remained quiet for some time until and recently it was finally revealed that the network had decided to drop the series. So, what happened with Hellfire? While speaking with /Film after a panel at the Television Critics Assocation, co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden revealed what the problem was when it came to the potential series.
“We did see an early draft of Hellfire and there was a lot of work to be done. Manny and Evan were getting very busy with the new 24. At a certain point we all regrouped, together with Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner and Jeph Loeb at Marvel and really made a decision. I would say if there was anything about ‘Hellfire’ that was not ideal for us, it felt like a show that wanted to live as a feature rather than really taking advantage of what television does best: exploring relationships and characters and smaller moments. It doesn’t mean it can’t feel like a big show but ‘Hellfire’ felt more like another installment of the features.”
However, while the network may have dropped Hellfire, they are now moving forward with a currently untitled new project from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix. This series will focus n two ordinary parents who discover that their children are mutants and must go on the run from the government. If you’re worried though that the series will only feature new characters created for television, we’ve got good news as Walden did confirmed that the good news revealed by Walden that while the series will primarily focus on the new family, there “will be some iconic characters” making an appearance. Are you looking forward to Fox’s upcoming X-Men TV series? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.