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X-Men producer reveals why the Hellfire TV series was abandoned

If you cast your mind back to October 2015, you may recall the announcement that Fox and Marvel were teaming up for two X-Men-themed TV shows in Legion and Hellfire.

While the former has since aired, with its second season now in production, the latter – focussing on the villainous Hellfire Club from the X-Men comics – failed to make it to the pilot stage.

Well, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, producer Lauren Shuler Donner has revealed why the project ever managed to get off the ground, stating simply that: “it was too many characters and not enough depth of character.”

With Hellfire falling apart, Fox and Marvel turned its attention to another X-Men project, The Gifted, which premiered to decent ratings and reviews this past Monday.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Hellfire Club, they are a secret society of wealthy individuals who seek to influence world events, and count the likes of Sebastian Shaw,
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CNN’s Jake Tapper to Debut Novel ‘The Hellfire Club’

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CNN’s Jake Tapper to Debut Novel ‘The Hellfire Club’
Despite a busy schedule fighting the battle between real and fake news, CNN anchor Jake Tapper has a hobby: fiction writing. Tapper’s debut novel is set to release next summer, Entertainment Weekly reports. The Hellfire Club tells the story of “Charlie Marder… a newly appointed young New York congressman navigating the dangerous waters of the era and the capital with his wife, Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own,” according to a Monday release from publisher Little, Brown. “Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an.
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CNN's Jake Tapper Writing Debut Novel for 2018

Jake Tapper is working on a book that you could call fake news: It's his debut novel.

The CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent has a thriller scheduled to come out in the summer of 2018, Little, Brown and Company told the Associated Press on Monday. The novel is called The Hellfire Club and takes place in a world that well predates the Trump administration — Washington, D.C., in 1954. The story centers on Rep. Charles Marder, a young congressman from New York, and his zoologist wife Margaret.

"Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers,...
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X-men Drama Nears Pilot Order At Fox; Will Revolve Around Parents And Their Mutant Children

Legion is right around the corner, and while The Hellfire Club never happened, another mutant led series is nearing a pilot order at Fox. Written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), Deadline reports that Fox, 20th Century Fox TV, and Marvel TV have responded well to his script, and a pilot pickup is expected shortly.  In a strong show of faith, "exploratory casting" is said to be taking place, and while specific character details are being kept under wraps, the trade reveals that it "focuses on 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 and must fight to survive." Yawn? That may sound a little harsh, but Fox's family dramas tend to be pretty generic and this doesn't really sound very X-Men. In fact, if they weren't referred to as mutants,
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Get A Better Look At Donald Pierce's Robotic Arm In This Latest Black And White Logan Image

The last couple of Logan images posted to the WponX Instagram page haven't been especially revealing, but this latest one does give us a close-up of Reaver leader Donald Pierce's (Narcos actor Boyd Holbrook) robotic arm. In the comics, Pierce is a full cyborg who despises mutants and has caused The X-Men all sorts of problems over the years as member of not only The Reavers, but also The Hellfire Club and The Purifies. The Logan trailer would seem to suggest that the character will take more of a henchman type role in the movie, but either way we can definitely look forward to seeing him face-off against Wolverine at some point.   Metal A photo posted by @wponx on Nov 16, 2016 at 7:23am Pst   Logan also stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal, and Elizabeth Rodriguez. The final Wolverine movie
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Logan Villain Revealed: Here's Who Will Be Going Up Against Wolverine

We finally know who will be squaring off against Wolverine in Logan, the upcoming superhero film that marks Hugh Jackman's last time playing the beloved X-Men character. Back in April, we learned that Narcos star Boyd Holbrook had been cast as a villain described as "a relentless, calculating and intense head of security for a global enterprise," but we weren't sure exactly which character he'd be playing. Now the secret is out, thanks to the film's newly-official Instagram account called wponx:

Pierce

A photo posted by @wponx on Oct 10, 2016 at 7:23am Pdt

That's "Pierce" as in "Donald Pierce," a character THR does a great job of summing up:

In the comics, Pierce is a cyborg who has ties to The Hellfire Club, a shadowy group of wealthy and powerful individuals who seek to gain power and influence across the world. They were portrayed in 2011's X-Men: First Class,
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‘Logan’ Villain Revealed Plus First Look At Patrick Stewart And More

The more these comic book universes continue to expand, the more obscure the characters plucked from the pages of the source material seem to be. Granted, I’m not a big comics guy to begin with, but still, I can’t be the only one who doesn’t know who Pierce is. Today it has been revealed that’s who the villain of “Logan” will be, played by Boyd Holbrook, and after some basic hunting around, all you need to know is that he’s a cyborg linked to The Hellfire Club.

Continue reading ‘Logan’ Villain Revealed Plus First Look At Patrick Stewart And More at The Playlist.
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Fox explains why it passed on X-Men TV series Hellfire, teases new X-themed project

Last month, it was announced that Fox had decided to pass on the proposed X-Men TV series Hellfire, which would have revolved around the mutant superheroes’ foes The Hellfire Club, and speaking to Slash Film during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, network chief Dana Walden has explained why they opted against moving forward with the project.

““We did see an early draft of Hellfire and there was a lot of work to be done,” said Walden. “Manny Coto and Evan Katz were getting very busy with the new 24. At a certain point we all regrouped, together with Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner and Jeph Loeb at Marvel and really made a decision. I would say if there was anything about Hellfire that was not ideal for us, it felt like a show that wanted to live as a feature rather than really taking advantage
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Intriguing New Details on the Upcoming X-Men TV Series Legion

Thanks to FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf, we’ve learned some new information on the upcoming X-Men inspired series Legion. The series is being developed by Fargo series creator Noah Hawley, and it has officially been picked by the cable network.

Turns out the series is moving forward pretty quickly — it will premiere later this year! Talking to the Television Critics Association, Landgraf said:

“We’re quite well along. We have a writing staff working. We’ve seen not only the pilot script but many episodes. I would anticipate Legion will go on the air sometime in 2016, this year.”

/Film managed to get some additional details on the series, including the fact that the creative team is looking to bring in characters that have not been introduced in the movies. He also added that the series will not take place in the same universe as the films,
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'Legion' TV Show Is Not Set in 'X-Men' Universe, Will Debut in 2016

'Legion' TV Show Is Not Set in 'X-Men' Universe, Will Debut in 2016
Back in October, Marvel announced two new TV shows set in the X-Men universe, Fox's Hellfire and FX's Legion. We haven't heard too much about either show yet, but IGN is reporting that Legion will debut sometime in 2016 on FX. The series has already cast Rachel Keller as the female lead, with FX president John Landgraf revealing at the TCA winter tour that the show's development is moving along nicely. Here's what he had to say below.

"We're quite well along. We've had a writing staff working. We've seen not only the pilot but several episodes and we're well in process of casting. I would anticipate that Legion would go on the air some time in 2016, this year."

The pilot episode of Legion introduces the story of David Haller. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years.
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X-Men Spin-Off Series "Hellfire" Loses Producers

With the announcement of Fox reviving the "24" franchise without Kiefer Sutherland in the upcoming "24: Legacy" event series, it was also revealed that many of the former producers from the action series are returning for the production.

Four of them - Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Patrick McKay and Jd Payne - were previously set to produce Fox's "X-Men" spinoff series "Hellfire". With them now shifting to "24," an entirely different creative team will have to come onboard and will be announced soon.

20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television still intend to produce the series about 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.

Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are still set to executive-produce the series which will now
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X-Men series Hellfire won’t go to pilot this season

It looks like X-Men fans will have a little longer to wait before the arrival of Fox and Marvel’s Hellfire TV series, with the project being pushed back after losing showrunners Evan Katz (24: Live Another Day) and Manny Coto (24), who have both departed in order to focus on Fox’s 24 spinoff 24: Legacy.

“It’s unlikely it would be the fall,” said Fox CEO Dana Walden. “Potentially midseason but no immediate plans. “We’re still working on Hellfire Club. Obviously those executive producers are very busy with the film franchise and the FX show, so not sure.”

Hellfire 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.

Via: Slash Film
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Fox May Release X-men TV Spin-off Hellfire Club In Early 2017

At the Fox portion of the winter TCA, the network gave updates on several projects, including the X-Men spinoff TV series, Hellfire Club. When asked how soon the show could premiere, Fox CEO Dana Walden said it's possible but unlikely the show debuts this year. "Unlikely it would be the fall. Potentially midseason but no immediate plans. We’re still working on Hellfire Club. Obviously those executive producers are very busy with the film franchise and the FX show, so not sure." Hellfire Club will be a period drama, set in the 1960s. The series will be jointly produced by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Television. Serving as executive producers are Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Patrick McKay and Jd Payne are writing the script from a story first concieved by Katz and Coto. The Hellfire Club superhero drama
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London Film Memorabilia Convention Hammer & Horror Film Day- London, 9 November

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Hammer and Horror Film Day!

Saturday November the 9th ( 10am – 5pm )

Central Hall Westminster.

Storey’s Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9Nh

UK’s longest running film fair and convention.

Now in it’s 40th year!

The Convention presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, Us ,

Canada and South America.

Specialising in rare original film memorabilia and collectables.

Taking place six times a year these are truly unique events for anyone with an interest in films!

With actors and director’s signings, illustrated talks, retrospectives and film screenings taking place through out the day.

Items covering the history of cinema can be found. From the silents to the present.

From rare items of the 1920’s to new releases and the latest heart throb.

Among the many different field of cinema covered at the show is – Classic Hollywood, horror films, sci-fi, the best of British and European cinema as we as cult tv!
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Rip, Jimmy Sangster!

The unstoppable philistine known as Death claims another Trailers From Hell patron saint.

Horror legend Jimmy Sangster has died, which should — in your exploration of genre classics (or just watching through the numerous trailers for films that feature his name) — mean something to you. If it doesn’t, Tim Lucas has an all-encompassing reminder of why it should:

After his first screenwriting credit (Joseph Losey’s A Man On The Beach, 1955), Sangster’s list of screenplay credentials form an impressive overview of Britain’s contribution to fantastic cinema over four decades:

X – The Unknown (1956), Blood Of The Vampire (1958), The Mummy (1959), The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), The Hellfire Club (1959), Jack The Ripper (1960), The Terror Of The Tongs (1960), Taste Of Fear (aka Scream Of Fear, 1961), The Pirates Of Blood River (1961), Maniac (1963), Paranoiac (1963), Hysteria (1964), The Devil-ship Pirates (1964), The Nanny (1965, his personal favorite), the Bulldog Drummond adventure Deadlier Than The Male (1967), The Anniversary
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British Horror Film Producer Dies

British film producer Robert S. Baker teamed with Monte Berman to produce, and occasionally direct, a handful of Gothic horror and science fiction films in the late 1950s. The duo produced the classic 1958 terror tale Blood of the Vampire (1958) starring Sir Donald Wolfit, and the cult sci-fi thriller The Crawling Eye (aka The Trollenberg Terror) (1958) starring Forrest Tucker. They produced and directed the 1959 gruesome recounting of Jack the Ripper (1959), and told the tale of the bodysnatching team of Burke and Hare in 1960’s The Flesh and the Fiends (aka Mania, The Fiendish Ghouls) starring Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence. They also produced the period thriller The Hellfire Club (1961) and the horror comedy No Place Like Homicide! (aka What a Carve Up!) (1961).

Baker was born in London on October 27, 1916. He served in the Royal Artillery in North Africa during World War II, before being transferred to the Army Film and Photographic Unit.
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