Over the weekend, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb told us the X-Men series developing on Fox was changing from early concepts. Originally pitched as a series about the Hellfire Club, new creator Matt Nix is taking the show in another direction. Today, after a panel for the Television Critics Association, Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden told us more about the hour-long drama she is developing with Nix.
“There will be some iconic characters but mostly this is about a new family,” Walden said. “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.” Read More »
Marvel has previously had a presence with the Television Critics Association by presenting panels of their ABC and Netflix series among the networks’ other shows. This year, Marvel held their own TCA event with a host of their talent and showrunners. Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, gave a speech to say thank you and “welcome to Marvel” to all of his creatives. Afterward, he spoke with reporters about a few projects not represented that night.
Marvel’s Most Wanted was designed to be a spin-off of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. Since ABC passed, would Loeb shop it around to other networks? “I never say never, but we designed that show to do a very specific thing,” Loeb said. “The network decided that that thing was not something that they wanted to do. I love everybody that’s involved with it. It’s an extraordinary piece of writing and execution and performances, but for whatever reason it didn’t work for the network. I can’t comment on what they do.”
Read on for Loeb’s comments on Cloak and Dagger, Legion, and Fox Untitled Project (formerly Hellfire Club).
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Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Fox announced a number of shows based on their pre-existing franchises for the Television Critics Association, focusing on 24: Legacy and the return of Prison Break. They are additionally developing Hellfire Club, based on the location seen in X-Men: First Class. (Another X-Men-based show, Legion, is in the works at sister network FX.) Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden said Hellfire Club could be seen as early as one year from now.
“Unlikely it would be the fall,” Walden said. “Potentially midseason but no immediate plans. We’re still working on Hellfire Club. Obviously those executive producers are very busy with the film franchise and the FX show, so not sure.”
Below, Fox execs give a small update on the developing Rambo TV series, and explain why the new Urban Cowboy isn’t moving forward.
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