Bryan Singer Is Directing That X-MEN Pilot for Fox and Marvel
Yesterday, we heard that Fox had officially ordered a new X-Men pilot from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix. We knew that X-Men movie maven Lauren Shuler Donner was executive producing alongside notable names like Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Bryan Singer, but Deadline reports that Singer — who has directed four live-action X-Men films over the course of his career — is now on board to direct this new pilot as well.
Again, this new untitled show is separate from Legion, the upcoming FX series from Fargo creator Noah Hawley. That one focuses on an origin story for Professor Xavier's son, David (played by Dan Stevens), while this show will follow "two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive."
I really liked Days of Future Past, but I think Apocalypse was such a disaster that I'd rather not see Singer involved in any iteration of the X-Men anymore — TV included. That may sound harsh, but I truly feel like the franchise (or property, or whatever you want to call it) would tremendously benefit from a completely fresh vision. Nix is the creator of the show, so technically this will be his vision, but Singer's involvement behind the camera as a director and exec producer still seems like a little too much for my liking. We'll see if he can prove me wrong with this project. I hope he does, because it would be fun to have a great X-Men series on TV right now.