Fox is getting into the Marvel business with a pilot for a new X-Men TV series, tentatively titled Hellfire. Based on The Hellfire Club, a clandestine society of millionaires within the Marvel comics universe, who seeks to use their power to manipulate world events, and frequently wind up in conflict with The X-Men. Set in the late 1960s, the series will follow a young agent who discovers a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is organizing the club to take over the world.
Marvel Television and 20th Century Fox will co-produce the new X-Men spinoff series. MVPs of the cinematic X-Men universe Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg will executive produce alongside Lauren Shuler, Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Jim Chorey, and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. Coto and Katz will serve as showrunners.
Here’s the official Hellfire synopsis.
Set in the late 1960s, the series – which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production – follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as “The Hellfire Club” – to take over the world.
In the press release, David Madden, President of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company said,
“We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology that has captivated fans for years…These powerful and dynamic characters are complicated and larger-than-life, the pace and visual imagination are unrelenting, and the story takes place during one of the most explosive eras in recent history. We are so looking forward to working with this incredibly talented team.”
Jonathan Davis, President of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox Television added,
“HELLFIRE is a unique opportunity to be able to go deeper with some of these extraordinary characters, but to also dramatize new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about…The action at the center of HELLFIRE will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too!”