Yesterday, Fox issued a pilot order for an untitled X-Men TV series that will be created and executive produced by Burn Notice and APB creator Matt Nix. Among the other executive producers are Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, who produce the X-Men movies for 20th Century Fox, along with Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. While it's still unclear what the series will be called, today it has been confirmed that Bryan Singer has finalized his deal to direct the pilot episode.
Deadline reports that Bryan Singer was always expected to direct the pilot episode, since he is already on board as an executive producer, but it just took some extra time for his directing deal to close. The story 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. Our report from yesterday revealed that the pilot has been said to mirror the plight of minorities in today's society.
Bryan Singer also serves as an executive producer on FX's Legion, which doesn't take place within the X-Men movie universe, although this new series will be set in the same universe, according to Matt Nix. The creator/executive producer teased during a TCA Winter Tour interview that the show doesn't necessarily fit into any of the continuity established by the X-Men movies, especially since, as he said, "they don't all line up perfectly." So, while the story may not have any specific ties to the movies, it will still be set in the same universe.
Our report from yesterday also revealed that "exploratory casting" is already under way, although it isn't clear when production will begin on the pilot. Fox has not issued a series order for the show yet, but the network did issue a "put pilot commitment," which, in most cases, almost guarantees that the show will be picked up. A put pilot commitment means that, if the pilot episode does not air on Fox, the network will be forced to pay a penalty to the producers. While it wasn't a put pilot order, Fox ordered a pilot for another X-Men show called Hellfire, a series set in the late 1960s, although it was dropped before the pilot went into production.
While best known for his work on the big screen, Bryan Singer is no stranger to television. He currently serves as an executive producer on Legion, FX's X-Men TV series that debuts on February 8 at 10 PM ET. He also directed the pilot episode of Fox's hit series House, and served as an executive producer throughout the show's eight-season run. He also served as an executive producer on Dirty Sexy Money, the web series H+, Black Box and the short-lived Battle Creek. There have been rumors that he is also directing another X-Men movie in Montreal, but that has yet to be confirmed at this time and could even be in reference to this pilot. Hopefully we'll have more on this Fox Marvel X-Men TV Show