Although the Marvel cinematic universe may have been a trailblazer in creating an interconnected film world, they haven’t necessarily perfected the formula. While their movies and television shows exist in the same plane of reality, the two mediums rarely cross streams, aside from an off-handed mention on the TV side every now and then. It looks like the there is a new contender in franchise filmmaking and it’s ready for prime time.
While Marvel Studios have redefined the genre, they definitely weren’t the first on the scene. For seventeen years, Fox Studios have been growing, expanding, and contracting their X-Men franchise in unique ways. Now, after some backdoor negotiating with Marvel, Fox is finally bringing the world’s most famous mutants to television airwaves this Fall.
The new series is produced by the principals from the feature film team, including producer Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) who also directed the pilot episode. The Gifted focuses on two parents who have to take their children on the run when they discover that they’ve inherited the mutant gene, which puts them at odds with their peers and the law.
The show stars Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Person of Interest), Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time) as Blink, Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham), and Blair Redford (Switched at Birth) as Thunderbird. Today, Fox gave the world its first glimpse at the new show and honestly, it looks like the X-Men shot through the filter of Heroes. However, with Singer at the helm, the show has the chance to stand out, particularly when you take into account his past TV successes like House.
It’s unclear exactly how the show will connect with the film franchise, but simply the series’ existence should be enough to peak audience’s attention this fall. A full trailer is coming on May 15th, so make sure to check back for it. In the meantime, enjoy the teaser:
Family adventure series THE GIFTED, from 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that 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. Written by Matt Nix (APB, “Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise”) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), the series stars Stephen Moyer (SHOTS FIRED), Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”), Sean Teale (“Reign”), Jamie Chung (GOTHAM), Coby Bell (“Burn Notice”), Emma Dumont (“Aquarius”), Blair Redford (“Satisfaction”), Natalie Alyn Lind (GOTHAM) and Percy Hynes White (“Night at the Museum 3”).