For the past few years, the X-Men have come back in a big way. Starting with Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, the universe has expanded and thrived, making room for more opportunities and risks. Vaughn's foray into the genre definitely inspired producer Simon Kinberg and 20th Century Fox to push the boundaries of the franchise, developing passion projects like Ryan Reynolds's PGA nominated #Deadpool, as well as #Logan, which looks like one of the best films of 2017. Heading into the television landscape will further this goal, producing more creator/character-based works like Noah Hawley's #Legion, which is making its debut early February on FX. With a great team behind it, it seems #Fox is more confident than ever, and by greenlighting Matt Nix's proposed #XMen show, their machine shows no signs of stopping.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the untitled X-Men show (which just got greenlit) has found a director for its pilot: X-Men alumnus #BryanSinger. The creator, who has directed four installments of the prolific franchise, has been tapped to start the show with a bang, hopefully getting a series order in the process. For a while it seemed that he would step back from the franchise, but less than a year after he finished X-Men: Apocalypse he seems ready to go once again.
This isn't the first time Singer has worked on television. He has previously produced shows like House and Vince Gilligan's Battle Creek, but after X-Men: Apocalypse should we trust in Singer? Of course we should. Though many considered Apocalypse to be a misstep, there is also the fan base that finds it very underrated (including myself.) From the looks of it, Singer is beyond ready to prove that he is still the great director he has always been.
What Is The Show About?
Showrunner Matt Nix's team will consist of Kinberg, Singer as well as #Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, who has previously shepherded The Defenders and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. corners of the MCU. The synopsis of the show reads like this:
The Untitled Fox Marvel Project will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. 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. The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production.
Clearly this seems like a character-based drama with large, prominent themes of family and acceptance, which also includes a whole world of superpowered individuals. How closely will this show connect to the X-Men film universe? The team has said that it will follow much more in line with continuity than Legion will. That being said, they still have not said anything about crossover elements between movies and television.
Hopefully the drama finds its audience without alienating any newcomers to the franchise. Movies and television shows that are built around a universe structure have been known to isolate possible new fans once the universe is fully established. However, if the show does feature a prominent cameo in the pilot, it will sure get fans talking.
What do you think about Singer coming back to the franchise?