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Bryan Singer to Direct Fox’s X-Men Pilot

Matt Nix is writing and executive producing

A day after ordering a pilot, Fox has set Bryan Singer to direct Matt Nix’s untitled X-Men drama pilot, currently called the “Marvel Action-Adventure Series.”

The new drama pilot’s connection to X-Men comes from its storyline, which follows 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 who must fight to survive.

Nix previously told reporters that his series would have nods to Fox’s big-screen cinematic universe, and fit within the world set up by the movies.

Nix will write and executive produce the new project, with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory also serving as EPs.

The new project joins FX’s “Legion,” spearheaded by Noah Hawley, which follows a character who is Professor Xavier’s son in the original comic books.

Singer directed the first two films in Fox’s original mutant franchise, “X-Men” and “X2,” and then returned to direct reboot sequels “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “X-Men: Apocalypse.”