Brian Singer will not only serve as executive producer on Fox’s X-Men show, he’ll be directing the pilot for the as-yet untitled series. The pilot was officially ordered by the network earlier this week.
Singer already has an extensive history with Marvel Comics’ X-Men characters, having shepherded them to the big screen for the first time in 200’s “X-Men” feature film. He remained at the forefront of the franchise, and has been involved in directing or producing nearly every X-film since. Singer is also producing “Legion,” FX’s own take on the X-Men Universe set to debut Feb. 8.
Matt Nix, creator of “Burn Notice,” will write the pilot and executive produce. If this as-yet untitled project makes it to series, it will join FX’s soon-to-debut “Legion” as the second X-Men-inspired show to make it onto a Fox-owned network — but while that show is openly disconnected from 20th Century Fox’s live-action X-Men films, this show is “expected to tie more closely” to the broader franchise.
The official description for the pilot promises the show “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.”
Along with Nix and Singer, X-Men film franchise veterans Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are set to serve as executive producers, as is Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb. Unlike Fox’s X-Men films, which are produced completely outside of the auspices of Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney due to a longstanding rights deal, Marvel Television is a credited producer on live-action X-Men shows, including “Legion.,’ along with 20th Century Fox TV.
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