The last time Marvel had a live-action super hero show on FOX, it was Generation X, and it was awful, even by 90s standards. Both Marvel (aka Disney) and FOX have come a long way since then, both holding claims to super hero properties for movie and other media, making gobs of money every time a new blockbuster is released into the theaters. Superheroes at the movies will never not stop, least not while it remains a winning genre. But thanks to takeaway successes like CW’s Arrow, The Flash and ABC’s Supergirl (which is now under the CW banner), TV is equally as lucrative venue for the super hero genre. FOX wants in. They’ve already got a show based on Marvel’s Legion in the works at their sister company FX. Now FOX and Marvel TV are teaming up again for a new show direct to the FOX Network, and it’s all about the X-Men… well sorta.
Variety reports that the network has ordered a pilot for what’s being described as “a new X-Men action adventure series,” which will be executive produced by Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, andMarvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
This show is the works Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, who will also serve as an executive producer. The story follows “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.”
David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company had this to say:
“Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network — and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe,” said David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “There’s comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series.”
*Insert obligatory “Bet It Gets Cancelled” joke*.
An X-Men show that doesn’t actually involve any of actual X-Men doesn’t sound like much of a draw. Though, it does say “underground network of mutants” which could mean the The Morlocks. That’s definitely and aspect of the Marvel universe that likely won’t be leveraged in film but ripe for Television. Morlocks or no Morlocks, Mutants on the run and in hiding simply for being different, has always been a running theme/foundation of what makes X-Men interesting in the first place. A show that depicts the struggles of humans against mutants, and mutants against mutants is very well relevant to whats happening in the world today with races and groups of people that are increasingly at odds with each other. And given this is a show being developed by the guy that did Burn Notice, which was great/entertaining show, it certainly has more potential that anyone might initially give it credit for.