Why MARVEL TV’s Jeph Loeb is excited for FOX’s X-MEN series

The ever-changing, ever-evolving X-Men universe could be coming to television, sooner than we think. In July, it was revealed FOX and Marvel Television were teaming up on a new TV Project. The project is said to be based loosely around the X-Men storylines. Matt Nix, creator of Burn Notice is writing the script, and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb is excited about Nix’s take on the story.

“As an X-Men fan, and ultimately, what Matt — the show runner and creator — brings to it is that the X-Men are always stories about family. That’s where they start, that’s where they live. It’s about understanding how we deal with each other,” Loeb explained to IGN at the summer 2016 TV Critics’ Association press tour. “It’s about parents that don’t understand what’s wrong with their kids, it’s about kids that don’t understand their parents. And he understood that. He got it.”

Loeb went on to tease that there’s more to Nix’s version of the X-Men world than what is on the surface.

“We haven’t really been able to tell everybody what the whole story is,” he said. “They’ll be able to see it, and when they do, it’ll be really clear why those characters were chosen, where they are going, and what’s going to happen.”

In 2015, Marvel and FOX announced they had come together for two X-Men series. The still untitled project of Matt Nix, is now replacing the previously announced Hellfire in Marvel and FOX’s development stages, as the prior project lost its writers to 24: Legacy. FOX gave Nix’s show a “put pilot” commitment – where a substantial undisclosed amount of money would be owed to the studio if it never airs. This means there is a very good chance that the project will make it to television.

In other Marvel television-related news, Marvel and FX moved ahead Legion, which has Fargo’s Noah Hawley as it’s show-runner. The eight-episode Season 1 will premiere on FX in 2017 and is starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin. The first trailer for the series made its debut at Comic-Con

At Fox’s TCA presentation, FOX Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden told /Film that Nix’s series is expected to be pilot-ready for the fall or midseason 2017-18 television season.

There will be some iconic characters but mostly this is about a new family,” Walden said. “It’s about an average family who encounters this extraordinary world and children who have mutant powers and they end up on the run, so it’s a little bit underground railroad in terms of a storytelling spine.”

  • Article information gathered and summarized by: Jay Christoph
  • Information courtesy of: IGN
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