An argument can be made that the face of modern superhero movies changed in the year 2000 when 20th Century Fox released ‘X-Men’ starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and more. This was due in large part to director Bryan Singer and his vision for the iconic Marvel Comics mutants. But now, it looks like the filmmaker will play a key part in ushering in a new era for the children of the atom on the small screen.
According to Deadline, Singer will helm the pilot for ‘Burn Notice’ creator Matt Nix’s X-Men series for Fox. While he was already attached as an executive producer alongside fellow major X-Men feature franchise players Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, it took a little more moving around to get him in the director’s chair for the currently untitled action-adventure drama from 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television that will follow two ordinary parents with a mutant child that are forced to go on the run and join an underground network of mutants to survive.
Singer’s work on the big screen is well chronicled. In addition to the X-Men movies including the recent ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, his directing credits include ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘Superman Returns’, ‘Valkyrie’, the upcoming ’20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ remake, and potentially the long-awaited Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. However, he’s no stranger to television. Not only has he produced a number of shows such as ‘Dirty Sexy Money’, ‘Battle Creek’, and FX’s highly-anticipated X-Men series ‘Legion’, but he also directed the pilot for ‘House’ and the Munsters remake ‘Mockingbird Lane’. With television experience like this on top of his relationship with the Marvel characters, it will be interesting to see what he can do when the two come together.