FOX is officially expanding their TV superhero lineup which already includes DC’s Gotham, and soon Legion on FX, by further getting into the X-Men business with an untitled X-Men spin-off series. Matt Nix(Burn Notice) will act as show runner and will executive produce alongside the cinematic X-Men producer team of Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Schuler Donner, in conjunction with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
The untitled series will focus on a family consisting of two non-mutant parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. When 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. Donner told reporters at the TCA winter press tour that, unlike Noah Hawley’s self-contained, mind-bending mutant drama Legion on FX, Nix’s series will fit into the world built by the cinematic universe.
Per Lauren Schuler Donner:
Matt’s is much more a part of just the world in terms of there are mutants, mutants are hated and there are Sentinels, though very different from what we’ve seen before. You feel like you’re here in the X-Men world. With Legion, we’re our own universe. It gives Noah the freedom to do what he wants to do. Because we play with so many different timelines, and we rebooted and not really rebooted and all that, we felt like, OK, we’re going to throw it out there and hope the fans accept it.
Matt Nix added upon those sentiments, suggesting his series will not only acknowledge the events of the films, but is designed to answer questions about how the fan-favorite mutants factor in:
It’s sort of designed to side-step questions like ‘Where is Wolverine?’ So you sort of have to answer those questions, and I didn’t want to do anything like ‘Wolverine is just offscreen!’ You know what I mean. So it exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend time dwelling on that issue.
Nix is currently at FOX acting as showrunner on the soon-to-premiere APB. There is no start date for the X-Men series as of yet.