X-Men ’97 Creator Fired From Disney+ Continuation Ahead of Series Debut

X-Men 97 is off to a turbulent start.

Series creator Beau DeMayo has been fired ahead of the animated Disney+ show’s Wednesday, March 20 debut, TVLine has confirmed.

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DeMayo had finished his duties as head writer for Seasons 1 and 2 before his abrupt dismissal from the project, and he was expected to attend a premiere event this Wednesday. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the story, his work email was deactivated, staff was informed he was no longer involved and his Instagram account — which he used to keep fans up to date on the show — was deleted.

TVLine has also reached out to DeMayo’s rep for comment.

X-Men ’97, a sequel to the 1990s classic X-Men: The Animated Series, was first announced at Disney+ Day 2021 and picks up right where its predecessor left off.

Taking viewers back to that iconic era, the show follows The X-Men, a band of mutants who “use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future,” per the official synopsis.

The cast includes Cal Dodd reprising his original series role as Wolverine, along with Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, George Buza as Beast, Lenore Zann as Rogue and Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler.

Rounding out the ensemble are Ray Chase as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey, JP Karliak as Morph, AJ LoCascio as Gambit, Holly Chou as Jubilee, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop and Matthew Waterson as Magneto.

Additionally, Theo James (The White Lotus) will voice a mystery character, per EW.com.

DeMayo’s TV writing credits include The Witcher, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Moon Knight and The Originals.

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