X-Men TV Show Close to Pilot Order, New Details Revealed

"There are definite nods to the movies."

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The X-Men TV show is getting closer. It has been reported that Fox is on the verge of ordering a pilot, and now one of the writers has spoken about what fans can expect from the show.

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Matt Nix recently spoke about its progress at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. "Fingers crossed, we get everything together and it enters the cycle for this year's pilots," he said, via The Hollywood Reporter. As THR notes, "a pilot pickup could come in the next week or two."

Nix went on to explain that the new show would connect directly to the X-Men movie universe. "A fan of the movies but also the comics would not be disoriented at all as to where this fits in the mythology," he said. "If you look at the movies, which take place from--they started in 2003 to now--they don't all line up perfectly. I'm not slavishly fitting them into a particular slot.

"But at the same time, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to the movies. It exists in the same general universe."

Nix went on to confirm that the show would focus upon mutant teenagers who are forced to go on the run after their powers emerge, a storyline that was first rumored last year. He also stated that fans could also expect to see some familiar X-Men in there.

"There are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I'm inventing," he said. "But everything is invented with a nod toward the existing mythology."

The new show won't however have any connection to Legion, the other X-Men-related show which premieres on FX next month. "It's an awesome show," Nix said. "When I was working on [this] I thought, 'I really need to see Legion to make sure that I don't step on anything they're doing. Then I saw it and was, like, 'There's no chance I'm stepping on anything they're doing.' It's a great show, but it's more cable-licious. It's a very different world."

The new show isn't Fox's first attempt at an X-Men series. In 2015 it was reported that the network was developing a show called Hellfire, but this was later abandoned in place of the new series.

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