After having a roller coaster of a ride over the past 17 years, the X-Men franchise will be making the leap to the small screen in a big way in 2017. Next month, Fargo’s Noah Hawley will be bringing his newest television creation to the FX airwaves with Legion. The show based on the unstable X-Men character – that happens to be Professor X’s son – is expected to surpass expectations and become the first TV hit out of the X-Universe. However, that show isn’t directly connected to the cinematic world of the X-Men, which would seem to leave a world of possibilities on the writing room floor.
However, Fox’s ambitions span further than just Legion. There is a new show on the horizon and it has the potential to bridge the gap between the cinematic universe and TV. It has been rumored for some time, however according to The Wrap, Fox has officially made a pilot order for an untitled “Marvel Action-Adventure Series” to debut this fall. The show was created by Matt Nix (Burn Notice) and there still haven’t been any key members of the crew or cast that have been uncovered…but we are on it.
There are a multitude of reasons that it has taken Fox so long to bring the X-Men to television, however it had been long thought that Marvel still owned part of the TV rights. It seems that something has happened behind-the-scenes, which has given Fox new flexibility to adapt the characters. (Perhaps a behind closed doors agreement?)
There is not much known publicly about the show beyond its basic premise, however The Wrap describes the show like this:
The new drama pilot’s connection to X-Men comes from its storyline, which follows 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.
While we can expect to see many of the lesser known X-Men from Marvel Comics, you shouldn’t expect to see many of the
high-priced movie stars major characters from the films, at least initially. The show will fit within the film’s continuity, but is not expected to cross over with the movie’s plots.
The X-Men’s film continuity is just as uncertain as the new show, so it’s unclear how it will function. However, the show’s description strikes to the very heart of what the X-Men are about and also is relevant in the current political and social climate. Fox has had mixed success with their comic book based shows, so it will be interesting to watch this one come together. Hopefully, we will be bringing you casting news and character break downs soon.
The untitled X-Men show is expected to debut on Fox this Fall.
Source: The Wrap
[UPDATE:] According to a report this morning from The Wrap, X-Men director Bryan Singer is will direct the pilot episode of the series. Singer was the original director who brought the mutants to the big screen and discovered a little known actor named Hugh Jackman to play Wolverine.
With Singer and producer Simon Kinberg teaming up once again for the show, it has extremely stable foundation to stand on. This also increases the likelihood of more direct tie-ins and crossovers with the cinematic universe.