Shortly after Fox confirmed that its planned “X-Men” series to be produced by “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix is still on the way, Nix himself has now spoken with reporters during a press tour for Fox cop drama “APB” and revealed some new details about the mysterious show.
At last report, the Marvel project is inching closer to a pilot order and revolves around two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
Nix says as long as they get everything together in time, the project should enter the cycle for this year’s pilots with a pickup potentially happening before the month’s out. Should it go forward, Nix is intentionally designing a shorter-order and heavily serialized series which will probably be around the 10-13 episode mark.
Asked about a potential crossing over with Noah Hawley’s “X-Men” spin-off series “Legion” on FX, Nix tells The Live Feed:
“It [Legion] is an awesome show. When I was working on [this] I thought, ‘I really need to see Legion to make sure that I don’t step on anything they’re doing.’ Then I saw it and was, like, ‘There’s no chance I’m stepping on anything they’re doing.’ It’s a great show, but it’s more cable-licious. It’s a very different world.”
It may not be connected to that show, but Nix confirms his show will be connected to the larger X-Men universe saying:
“A fan of the movies but also the comics would not be disoriented at all as to where this fits in the mythology. If you look at the movies, which take place from — they started in 2003 to now — they don’t all line up perfectly. I’m not slavishly fitting them into a particular slot. But at the same time, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to the movies. It exists in the same general universe.”
So will there be direct ties in to the features?
“Close, but not exactly. … In a general way, it acknowledges that events like the events that have happened in movies have happened. But it’s not up to date. It’s still evolving, so we’ll see how much that comes in. It’s certainly, ‘Since this happened in X-Men: Apocalypse, all of these things are happening,’ which I think is cool, but they’ve already done that.”
Will it feature familiar characters or put the focus on new ones?
“The short answer is … both. “[I get to invent] some. It’s designed to sidestep questions like, ‘Where is Wolverine?’ You have to answer those questions. I didn’t want to do anything where it’s like, ‘Wolverine is just off-screen.’ It exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend a lot of time dwelling on that issue.
Within that, there are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I’m inventing – but everything is invented with a nod toward the existing mythology… When I was pitching the show, I pitched some characters that appear nowhere in the mythology but the guys from Marvel, when I started describing them, all gave each other knowing nods where [they understood what I was doing].”
Nix goes on to compare this to the “Star Wars” movies in terms of how one balances fan service and breaking new ground.
“I didn’t want to get into the realm of too much like, ‘Yep! New X-Men, here we go!’ Because with something like this, there’s a little bit of fan service. I’ve been really impressed with how a lot of people have talked about the Star Wars franchise and how when you do that, there’s a sense of respect.
You don’t want to be slavishly doing the same thing over and over again that everybody else has done but at the same time, I owe something to my ten-year-old self right now and I need to respect that and I need for that kid who is obsessively reading comic books, I need there to be something rewarding, where they don’t feel that they wasted their time and they know what this is.”
Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will also executive produce the series should it go forward.