Last year many die-hard mutant fans were concerned with the fate of Marvel’s X-Men. The series had been dwindling for a number of years in terms of comic book sales. The same couldn’t be said for the mutants place in movies though.
The X-Men are as popular as ever on the big screen and now Fox want to give the mutants their time on TV. While not strangers to our living room screens, most X-Men series have been of the animated variety. You had a terrible childhood if you never got to experience the 90’s X-Men cartoon series! Well maybe not terrible, just not as awesome!
In an announcement yesterday Fox have confirmed that they are indeed working on an X-Men TV series pilot. This is not connected to the Legion series set to air later next month on FX. Legion will be and will be a separate X-Men story. It was also confirmed that Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Bryan Singer would all be attached as producers.
Singer is known for his work on the X-Men movies, the first two films in the original trilogy and the current film run. Now it seems Singer has his eyes set on the television series now too. Details are still sketchy at the moment but here’s what we know so far:
“…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.”
Now it sounds like the series will go down a survivalist themed route. Maybe something akin to the struggles/scenarios in The Walking Dead.
I’m excited to see where the project develops from here given our own current socio-political environment. The series could draw on the X-Men and struggle for civil liberty movements, a line the movies only ever danced around.
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