The FOX network has ditched its proposed “X-Men” TV spin-off series “Hellfire” and is opting to go with something else entirely, albeit still set within the X-Men world.
In a press release today, both FOX and Marvel have announced that they’ve given a pilot commitment for a new Marvel action-adventure series which will be handled by “Burn Notice” creator and showrunner Matt Nix.
Nix will pen the pilot and serve as an executive producer on the series which 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.
20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television will produce the project and FOX president David Madden says: “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.”
“X-Men” franchise staples Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, who were all previously attached as executive producers on “Hellfire,” will serve in the same capacity here. Jim Chory, an executive producer on Marvel’s Netflix series, will also be an executive producer.