‘X-Men’ Is Coming Back To Your Telly With A Live-Action Series On FOX

Bless the perpetual money-making machine that is Marvel. The comic book/superhero giant has apparently forgotten how to *not* make money hand-over-fist, with its string of stupidly successful movies and such raking in more cash than they know what to do with.

But apparently one of the solutions as to what to do with all that phat cash is to once again breathe some life into their oldest franchise, X-Men.
FOX in the US has reportedly ordered a pilot for a new, live-action X-Men TV series that’s reportedly set to focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Per Variety:

“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 show might not necessarily be branded with the X-Men trademark specifically (the film rights to the franchise are held in a delicate balance by two different studios) it is definitely set to take part in the extended world of the X-Men, and will seemingly feature characters familiar to fans.

The series is a co-production between 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios, the former of which has reportedly been eyeing off a Marvel property for quite some time, having dipped their toes into the comic book waters with DC Comics productions such as ‘Gotham‘ and ‘Lucifer.’
Long-time X-Men film scribe Bryan Singer will serve as the as-yet-unnamed show’s executive producer, while ‘Burn Notice‘ creator Matt Nix is the creative lead on the project.
Fox Broadcasting’s el presidente David Madden hailed the project as a “top priority” for the company.

“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 new series would mark the first major live-action TV series for the franchise, after dabbling repeatedly in animated series over a number of years, including the reasonably short-lived but excellent ‘X-Men‘ animated series that ran between 1992 and 1997.

Another live-action standalone series based around ‘Legion‘ is being developed by ‘Fargo‘ creator Noah Hawley, and is set to debut on US channel FX in 2017.
Now if this new series resurrects the theme song from the old one, we’ll really be in business.

Source: Variety.