X-Men TV Series to Feature Some Familiar Characters

The mutant-hunting Sentinels won't be the only familiar elements on Fox's newly greenlit X-Men television series.

Although Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") is hesitant to reveal too much about the show -- "I would actually be killed. They would literally kill me." -- he's confirmed it will include actual X-Men.

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As previously revealed, the still-untitled pilot centers on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. On the run from the government, they join with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

"The movies and the comics have generally started with the X-Men and encountered the world outside from the perspective of the X-Men," Nix told CNET. "This show flips that on its head, in the sense that it doesn't exclusively take place inside the world of people who are already X-Men and know that world."

"It's also, I'd say, a more intimate story, in the sense that's what television does well," he continued. "So I'd say it also explores issues surrounding mutants and what that experience is in a way that's hard to do in a two-hour movie because [a movie] needs to move very quickly and needs to get to big action. So we can explore some of the more intimate aspects of that over time."

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Pressed about which characters Marvel Comics fans might expect to see, Nix replied, "The only thing that I would say is that it's a ... some of those things are slightly up in the air, but the fact that it's a question I can't answer tells you something." He then added, "Suffice it to say it's a show that contains some characters that fans will be excited about. I can't talk about specifics, but it's not like there are no X-Men in it."

Bryan Singer, who helmed four X-Men films, is attached to direct the series pilot. He's also producing the project, alongside Nix and X-Men franchise producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

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