Following the announcement yesterday that the pilot for their upcoming X-Men TV series would be moving into production, FOX has now announced the first episode of their planned show will be directed by our-time X-Men director Bryan Singer.
Singer has been involved with the feature film franchise since its debut, directing the first and second films in the core series and the two most recent entries (X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse).
Singer does have a history of directing television, having directed the first two episodes of House, M.D. along with the pilot of CBS’ Battle Creek. He will also executive produce the series alongside Jim Chory, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Lauren Shuler Donner. Matt Nix (Burn Notice, FOX’s upcoming APB) is writing and will also serve as EP.
The still untitled X-Men TV series will focus on 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. The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production.
“Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network–and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe,” said FOX’s David Madden of the show last year. “There’s comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships, and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series.”