FX Networks has announced two new television project involving X-Men properties, the first was the previously announced Legion project, and it also looks like the network is working on something involving the Hellfire Club.
According to Variety, “Fox’s “Hellfire” is set in the late 1960s and 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.”
I like the interesting twist here that we get to see the Hellfire Club doing their shenanigans, while some one works from the inside to thwart their efforts. The other interesting tidbit from the statement is the time period the series will be set in. While period piece can bring a new level to the story, those also tend to be a lot more expensive to produce, and often period correctness is passed over for lower cost of production. The timeline also seems to align with X-Men: First Class.
“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,” said David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company. “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.
While Perlmutter and Fiege seem to be okay with the X-Men sticking around at Fox, I doubt Disney would allow this much freedom without getting something in return. Friday is just around the corner, and though we aren’t anywhere close to the end of the fourth quarter, Marvel does have a few empty movie slots it hasn’t announced titles for, and a big announcement on a Thursday evening/Friday morning does make stock rise.