As reported by Deadline, Fox is nearing a pilot order for its “X-Men” TV drama that was announced from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix last year. The script was said to be “received enthusiastically.” A pilot order is expected within “the next week or two.”
“We’re deep into development on that,” FOX Chairman and CEO Gary Newman said at a panel for the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour (via IGN). “We’re expecting a script shortly. The materials we’ve seen so far have been very, very promising.”
He added, “Development across the board this year is a little slower than usual, so we’re not, unfortunately, ready to make an announcement about it, but we’re very encouraged.”
The series is reportedly being eyed for a debut in the 2017-2018 television season. “We would love to do that and think it’s possible,” Newman said.
A partnership between Fox and Marvel Television, the “X-Men”-based drama was reported after the cancellation of a “Hellfire” project that was to be written by scribes of an early “Star Trek Beyond” script, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. Nix, Fox’s Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are producing the project.
The series will reportedly 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 show appears particularly timely, dealing with the plight of minorities in society.”
Stay tuned to CBR as more details are revealed surrounding Fox’s “X-Men”-based TV series.