We still don’t really know what FOX has in mind for its as-yet-untitled X-Men TV series, but we’re one step closer to finding out. The X-Men universe-set film has an official pilot order at the network, as shepherded by Burn Notice alum Matt Nix.
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It took the X-Men films over a decade to finally introduce the iconic Sentinel robots, but will TV manage to do it far sooner? That’s the word on FOX’s as-yet-untitled X-Men TV series, which producers claim will feature the mutant-hunting baddies, “though very different from what we’ve seen before.”
When you hear talk of the standalone Gambit movie, most — well, pretty much all — of it has the word “delay” in there somewhere. The movie started off strong: Channing Tatum signed on for the title character, it had a director, and everything looked good. Then, the first delay happened, it lost director Rupert Wyatt, got a new one, and was delayed some more. But fans of the trickster need not lose hope yet: X-Men producer Laura Schuler Donner says Tatum is still signed on to do a standalone Gambit movie in the future. We just don’t know when.
Even a murderous mercenary loner needs a couple friends every now and then.
The X-Men are slowly taking over. On TV, we’re getting FX’s Legion, on the big screen, we’re getting Logan, a Deadpool sequel, and New Mutants. Even after the decidedly dismal X-Men: Apocalypse, the film series that makes up the spine of the X-Men franchise is still planning on a further installment, and now we might know the title.
FX X-Men drama Legion has understandably pulled focus for its February premiere, but what of Burn Notice creator Matt Nix’s FOX series, which was said to feature a couple with mutant children on the run? Reports indicate a pilot order is heating up, while Nix himself previews the untitled series’ place within the X-Men films.
You’d be forgiven not to have the clearest sense of what Noah Hawley’s X-Men derived Legion is actually about, given the surreal nature of all the footage released. By the same token, its mutant connection to the X-Men world has been kept somewhat vague, though Hawley himself now explains what powers and connections to the franchise we’ll see in Season 1.
It may be a while before we see another sequel in the core X-Men film series, but Fox has a few exciting prospects to keep the franchise kicking along, including Logan, Deadpool 2 and, last but far from least, Josh Boone’s New Mutants spinoff. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the writer and director says he and co-writer Knate Gwaltney originally pitched the project as a trilogy — a concept that’s hardly far-fetched for a few reasons, not the least of which being that the studio kind of needs some new and engaging X-Men properties to keep things fresh. There’s only so many times you can reboot those guys.
The future was looking bright for the X-Men franchise after Bryan Singer revived it with First Class, but after this summer’s Apocalypse, it’ll take a lot to get the mutants back on their feet. The upcoming Wolverine solo joint Logan will see Hugh Jackman comb his hair into ears for one last ride, but after that it’s anyone’s game. Today, we hear there’s a new X-Men movie shooting sometime next spring, but which one is it?
Boy, if you thought FX had the market cornered on crazy with Tom Hardy’s Taboo trailers, wait until you get a load of Legion. Following this week’s premiere announcement, FX dove into the deep end with not one, but five new promos for the new X-drama, twitchy as ever.