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Fox’s new X-Men TV series may include a version of Sentinels

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But not the ones you remember

Sentinel from X-Men: Days of Future Past
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Fox’s new X-Men series, which follows two parents on the run with their mutant children, is nearing a pilot order from the network. New details surrounding the project have emerged that may come as a piece of exciting news for fans.

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner told IGN that the new show, if it did receive a series order from Fox, would include Sentinels. One of the X-Men’s largest foes, no puns intended, the Sentinels have been included in previous X-Men films, including Days of Future Past. The Sentinels that would appear on the TV show, however, would not resemble anything that’s been seen in Fox’s X-Men film franchise.

“Matt’s [project] is much more a part of just the [X-Men] world in terms of there are mutants, mutants are hated and there are Sentinels — though very different from what we’ve seen before,” Donner said.

That shouldn’t be too surprising considering the size of each Sentinel — and the funding it would require to include week-after-week. There are a couple of options for what the X-Men team might do, including downsizing the Sentinels and reimagining them as human-sized enemies. Again, all of this is reliant on Fox actually picking up the pilot and ordering the show to full series.

During Fox’s session at the Television Critics Association conference last week, Deadline confirmed that early “versions of the script had been received enthusiastically at Fox.” Showrunner Matt Nix said the series will acknowledge the events of the films, but doesn’t necessarily fit into any particular time period.

The next X-Men project is FX’s Legion, which will premiere on Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. ET. Logan, the final installment in the Wolverine franchise, will be released in theaters on March 3.