In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, showrunners Evan Katz and Manny Coto for the proposed “X-Men Spinoff series”, Hellfire, have left the project and will now be at the helm for the reboot of 24. Apparently Fox has the superhero series on a “slower development” at this time, which has also caused for the departure of Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, who came up the the story for the drama alongside Katz and Coto and were set to pen the script. A search is under way for a new writer.
The series 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.
Fox gave assurances at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that these changes at the top should not be a cause for concern, while “the X-Men drama is not likely to go to pilot this season as it remains on a slower track, Fox remains committed to Hellfire and wants to get it completely right.”
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