Last year, the announcement was made that Fox was developing two different Marvel related properties, both of which were taking place within the X-Men universe. One of them, called Legion, is about David Haller, the son to Professor X, who becomes the mutant known as, well, Legion. His power is that he has multiple personality disorder, but all of his various personalities can manifest a completely different mutant super power. The other property, simply called Hellfire, was about the Hellfire Club in the 1960’s — but it just got cancelled while still in development.
It’s now been replaced with a put pilot commitment created by Matt Nix (Burn Notice). According to Variety, who broke the story, the new series will follow, “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.”
This, to us, sounds like it could be a modern twist on the X-Men story, where, instead of having a team of mutants all based in a giant upstate New York mansion, they are all on the run and trying to hide. It could also be more along the lines or Generation X, where it’s mostly just a team of mutants doing their best to just survive and fit in, not necessarily training to fight. But, of course, as mutants with superhuman abilities, fighting is what they are good at. On that team we had mutants like Jubliee, Husk, Chamber and Penance, lead by Banshee at one time and Emma Frost another.
These all see like viable candidates for a new X-Men TV series. Well, at the very least a series based on the X-Men universe.
Also, just a friendly note, a “Put Pilot,” for those of you wondering, simply means that the network is contractually bound to air the pilot.
Fox President, David Madden, spoke to Variety about the new project, saying, “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.”
Jeph Loeb, the Head of Marvel TV, added to this saying, “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.”
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