Fox has made a put pilot commitment for a new Marvel action-adventure series, it was announced today by David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. 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 X-Men series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production. Here's what David Madden had to say about the series.
"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. 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."
The Untitled Fox Marvel Project is a co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television. Matt Nix (Fox's upcoming APB, Burn Notice) will write the pilot script and serve as an Executive Producer. Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four), Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones) and Jim Chory (Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones) serve as Executive Producers. Here's what Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television, had to say in his statement.
"Working with Marvel on a television series for Fox has been a professional dream for our head of development, Michael Thorn, and all of us at the studio. Matt, Lauren, Bryan, Simon, Jeph and Jim are a powerhouse team of creative artists, and we can't wait to get started on what will easily be one of this development season's most exciting new projects."
All of the aforementioned producers are also serving as executive producers on Fox's Hellfire and FX's Legion, although it was recently confirmed that Legion is not set in the X-Men universe. A new report from Variety revealed today that Fox is no longer moving forward with Hellfire. Here's what Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, had to say in his statement.
"Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project. Matt's a huge fan of X-Men and his take on the X-Men universe, with its rich characters and high-stakes adventure, is exactly the show we want on Fox. It's a great team of creative producers who will be making something entirely unique."
A "put pilot" order practically guarantees that the show will get a series order, since the network would have to pay a penalty to the studio if the pilot does not air on television. We'll have to wait and see how casting comes together for this show, along with details on how it may or may not fit into the X-Men universe as a whole. Stay tuned for more updates on this upcoming series.