On the weekend came word that “Hellfire,” the X-Men universe set series that FOX had in development, was undergoing some major changes from early concepts.
Originally set to be a series about the Hellfire Club, the project is being retooled as “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix came up with a new take that will take the show in another direction.
Today, speaking after a panel for the Television Critics Association, Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden spoke more about it:
“There will be some iconic characters but mostly this is about a new family. It’s about an average family who encounters this extraordinary world and children who have mutant powers and they end up on the run, so it’s a little bit underground railroad in terms of a storytelling spine. It’s a traditional pilot schedule so we anticipate it would be available for next fall or midseason.”
“24” producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz were behind the original which Walden says “was too much like an X-Men movie” while Nix’s take is more suited for TV and allows us to spend more time with the characters:
“We did see an early draft of Hellfire and there was a lot of work to be done. Manny and Evan were getting very busy with the new 24. At a certain point we all regrouped, together with Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner and Jeph Loeb at Marvel and really made a decision.
I would say if there was anything about Hellfire that was not ideal for us, it felt like a show that wanted to live as a feature rather than really taking advantage of what television does best: exploring relationships and characters and smaller moments. It doesn’t mean it can’t feel like a big show but Hellfire felt more like another installment of the features.”
FX will be the first to get a new “X-Men” series on the air with the Dan Stevens-led “Legion” set to air in early 2017.