Fox Further Cements its TV Strategy, Orders Untitled X-Men TV Pilot

Looks like Fox is moving forward with its X-Men TV strategy.

Matt Nix, best known for creating Burn Notice, is moving ahead with a TV pilot based on the comic book franchise. Fox handed out an official pilot order on Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The report describes Nix as a “diehard” X-Men fan who will pen the script and act as showrunner. He’ll also executive produce along side franchise veterans Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Simon Kinberg as well as Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

Nix has been talking about his idea for the show publicly for a while, and it follows a typical X-Men/mutant plot. He said the show “revolves around two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.”

Sounds like an average day in the X-Men universe.

This isn’t the first X-Men-inspired TV show to grace Fox’s airwaves. FX’s Legion is set to debut on Feb. 8, but it isn’t connected with the X-Men movieverse continuity. Nix saw the show and, speaking with reporters at the Television Critic’s Association winter press tour, said that his show wouldn’t connect with that.

“I thought ‘I really need to see Legion to make sure that I don’t step on anything they’re doing.’ Then I saw it and was, like, ‘There’s no chance I’m stepping on anything they’re doing,’” he said.

Nix also stated the show wouldn’t be in line with the movies. He cited Marvel’s Agents of…

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