As FX began moving forward with Noah Hawley’s X-Men universe TV series Legion, many wondered what happened to FOX’s own project based on the Hellfire Club. That series has apparently cooled, while Burn Notice vet Matt Nix and Bryan Singer develop a new X-Men series for FOX with close ties to an underground mutant group.

Per Variety, the as-yet-untitled series with a put pilot commitment follows two human parents who discover their children as mutants, forcing them to run from a hostile government, and join with an underground network of mutants to survive. Nix will write the series, executive producing with Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

Says FOX:

Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network — and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe. There’s comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series.

Adds Jeph Loeb:

Marvel Television is thrilled to be co-producing with 20th Century Fox Television on our first project. Matt’s a huge fan of ‘X-Men’ and his take on the ‘X-Men’ universe, with its rich characters and high-stakes adventure, is exactly the show we want on Fox. It’s a great team of creative producers who will be making something entirely unique.

Of course, an “underground network of mutants” would certainly call to mind the Morlocks of X-Men lore, but what other superpowered details might shake out as we approach Marvel’s presence at Comic-Con 2016?

 

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