It looks like Fox's X-Men TV series may become a reality in the very near future.
While no official order has been given just yet, Fox chairman Gary Newman said today at the Television Critics Association press tour that they are awaiting a final draft of the script but expect to issue a pilot order with the next two weeks.
“We’re deep into development on that,” Newman said. “We’re expecting a script shortly. The materials we’ve seen so far have been very, very promising.
“Development across the board this year is a little slower than usual, so we’re not, unfortunately, ready to make an announcement about it, but we’re very encouraged.”
The X-Men drama is being developed by Burn Notice creator Matt Nix. The series does not yet have an official title, but casting is already said to be underway.
Fox has not announced any specific mutants appearing in the new X-Men series, but it is said to focus on a mutant family that joins an underground mutant resistance when anti-mutant legislation is passed into law. The premise sounds similar to the idea behind the original "Days of Future Past" comic book story that inspired the 2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past feature film.
Nix is serving as executive producer, along with Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg of the X-Men movie franchise and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
Nix's X-Men drama replaced Hellfire, the proposed series following the Hellfire Club when Fox decided the idea would not work for a television series.
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Legion, which was announced alongside Hellfire, is set to debut on FX in February. That series follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a powerful mutant with multiple personalities.
Noah Hawley (Fargo) will serve as an Executive Producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse, Superman Returns), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Martian), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), Jim Chory (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones) and John Cameron (Fargo, The Big Lebowski). Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the Executive Producers of the Emmy and Golden Globe -winning FX limited series Fargo.