Bryan Singer will direct the upcoming X-Men TV show written by Burn Notice showrunner Matt Nix for Fox, which you first heard about on Bleeding Cool (pip pip), and he shared some new details about the series in an interview with Mashable. Speaking about the tone of the show, Singer said:
I'll tell you, it's very different from [Legion], visually, and yet it's very different from the X-Men films as well. It's mostly about a family. It's a family drama. There'll be effects, powers, and things like that. But at its heart, it's about a family. It's an emotional story.
Singer also called the show "standalone" when asked whether it's a reboot or in continuity with the X-Men films, sidestepping the question, and said that it will feature both "some familiar and some unfamiliar" characters.
Additionally, Singer talked about the relationship between Fox and Marvel, and how that relationship differs between Marvel's movie department, run by renegade studio head Kevin Feige, and the TV department, which falls under the auspices of Donald Trump advisor and Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter, who is also Bleeding Cool's best friend. Feige broke out from under Ike's control in a shocking coup in 2015, which prompted a cooling of tensions between Perlmutter and Fox and ultimately led to collaboration on TV shows. Perlmutter previously blamed Fox for purchasing the X-Men and Fantastic Four film rights from Marvel, and ordered those characters demoted in Marvel's comics universe and removed from merchandise and licensing.
Marvel Studios, they do their own films, then Fox Studios, we sort of do them separately when I make the X-Men films. Marvel Television is different. Their TV division works more closely with Fox. I'm actually directing one for Fox network, an X-Men related television show, which we started prepping today. Their television people work with us. It's nice because we get backstory, we get information. I can't read every comic book. So I want as much input as possible.
The premise of the new show, which has been ordered to pilot, follows two parents whose children possess mutant powers. They are forced to go on the run from a hostile government, where the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Hilarity, and heartfelt family drama, ensues.
Stay tuned for Bleeding Cool for updates on the show's progress.