It’s been known for a while now that Fox was planning on producing not one but two television series set in the ‘X-Men’ universe: the mutant-focused ‘Legion’ and the bad-guy-centric ‘Hellfire.’ The former has already begun production with several cast members announced, but things had been quiet on the ‘Hellfire’ front – until recently, when we learned that Fox has actually opted not to move forward with the series, instead focusing on another concept for their second X-show.
‘Hellfire’ was set to follow the exploits of The Hellfire Club, a covert group that works secretly to influence global events and issues. The group is comprised mostly of “villains,” and was actually seen in the 2011 film ‘X-Men: First Class. For the small-screen adaptation, ’24’ co-creators Manny Coto and Evan Katz were slated to run the show, but Fox recently made the call to move things in a different direction.
The new plan is for a show focused on a previously-unknown young mutant and his or her parents, following their journey as they all discover the youngster’s powers and are forced to go on the run from authorities. Matt Nix, creator of the TV show ‘Burn Notice,’ has signed on to be the showrunner.
In a recent interview, Fox Television Group Chairman/CEO Dana Walden spoke about the rationale behind the changes:
“We did see an early draft of ‘Hellfire’ and there was a lot of work to be done. Manny and Evan were getting very busy with the new ’24.’ At a certain point we all regrouped, together with Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner and Jeph Loeb at Marvel, and really made a decision. I would say if there was anything about ‘Hellfire’ that was not ideal for us, it felt like a show that wanted to live as a feature rather than really taking advantage of what television does best: exploring relationships and characters and smaller moments. It doesn’t mean it can’t feel like a big show, but ‘Hellfire’ felt more like another installment of the features.”
Walden also spoke briefly about the new series, sharing the basic outline we mentioned above, but (unsurprisingly) declined to offer up many specific details:
“There will be some iconic characters but mostly this is about a new family. It’s about an average family who encounters this extraordinary world and children who have mutant powers and they end up on the run, so it’s a little bit ‘underground railroad’ in terms of a storytelling spine.”
No specific word as of yet when the new series will be slated for it’s television debut to audiences.
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