Donner On “X-Men” Hellfire Club Series Collapse

Last year it was announced that two “X-Men” spin-off TV series were in development. The first became FX’s “Legion” which scored rave reviews, the second was “The Gifted” on FOX which debuted this week.

Before “The Gifted” became what it was, the plan was originally to build a series around the sinister mutant-led Hellfire Club with Manny Coto and Evan Katz slated to produce. The show would’ve revolved around the secret society of nefarious mutants who were previously portrayed on screen in “X-Men: First Class”.

In the new issue of EW (via LRM Online), “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner explained why that version of the project was ultimately abandoned, saying the take: “was too many characters and not enough depth of character.”

That echoes Fox TV Group CEO Dana Walden’s sentiment about the project’s collapse a few months ago. Ultimately “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix came along with a new pitch that everyone liked, he became showrunner and the series became “The Gifted”.