It’s official: the X-Men are coming to television and they’re bringing at least one familiar name along with them (behind-the-scenes, anyway).
Bryan Singer, who directed four of the franchise’s big-screen adventures, will return to helm the pilot episode of FOX’s new X-Men television show from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix.
The new show, which is currently untitled, focuses on a couple who discover that their children are mutants.
In order to hide from the anti-mutant government, they go underground with a network of other mutants to assist them.
Recently, Nix explained that the show does take place in the same universe as the X-Men movie series, although that continuity is a little muddled.
To that effect, the new series will not try to slavishly force itself into the X-Men timeline, but there will be nods that make it clear they’re all in the same universe.
It’s also extremely likely we’ll see some familiar faces returning in front of the camera, as well. Nix says there are certain previously-created characters he’s been allowed to use and others that he’s created just for the show.
Whether or not the same actors reprise their roles remains to be seen. If they are recast, it wouldn’t be the first time; younger versions of the X-Men characters have starred in the most recent films, although their older selves have still had a significant presence.
Singer is the man who first brought the X-Men to the big screen, having directed the original X-Men in 2000.
He followed that with X2: X-Men United in 2003, and then took a break from the franchise until 2014. That year he returned with X-Men: Days of Future Past and followed it up last year with X-Men: Apocalypse.
Singer and Nix will executive produce the new FOX series, along with X-Men movie producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.