The home of the DC Comics-inspired drama Gotham is also opening its doors to Marvel.
Fox just announced that it is developing an action-adventure series called Hellfire, based on the Marvel comic title The Hellfire Club that was released in the ’80s.
The project willl be set in the late ’60s and will follow 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 Marvel universe, the Hellfire Club often goes toe-to-toe with the X-Men.
“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 Entertainment President David Madden in a statement. “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.”
Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3) and JD Payne (Star Trek 3) will write the pilot script, based on a story by the duo as well as Evan Katz (24: Live Another Day) and Manny Coto (24). Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will executive-produce the pilot, alongside Katz and Coto, who will serve as showrunners.
In addition to Hellfire, Marvel announced Wednesday that a pilot for Legion would head to FX under the stewardship of Noah Hawley (Fargo).