X-Men: Apocalypse review
No, not these X-Men. ©20th Century Fox

There’s another X-Men TV series coming to the small screen, and it will involve – shock horror! – Marvel and 20th Century Fox working hand in hand (claw in claw?).

According to Variety, it’s a new X-Men action-adventure series to be helmed by writer Matt Nix. It will focus on a set of parents who discover that their children are mutants. When the family is (yawn) hunted by the government, they are forced to go underground with other mutants.

The series will be co-produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer, producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb all involved in the production. David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, says that developing a Marvel property has been a “top priority” for the network.

“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.”

Marvel is already working with FX on a Legion TV series, starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens, while Fox has also seen success with comic properties Gotham and Lucifer. Given Marvel and Fox’s reluctance to work together on their movie properties, it feels somewhat surprising that they were able to reach a compromise for a TV project.

If I were the cynical sort – and I am – I would speculate that it might have something to do with the critical drubbing that Apocalypse (see our review) got. Given that Marvel/Sony are now working together on the Spider-Man reboot, could this possibly be the first tentative towards an Avengers/X-Men crossover? Let’s all hope together!