Fox in talks to produce an X-Men TV series

Posted June 21, 2015 by Dominic Barbiran in Comics & Manga

Fox confirms to TV Insider that negotiations are underway to develop a live-action X-Men series, but don’t hold your breath.

In the wake of months saturated with countless rumours and speculation, Fox Entertainment chairmen Gary Newman finally confirmed the network’s intentions to develop the live action X-Men TV series, inspired by the 1963 comic book series and it’s successful film franchise counterpart. Don’t get too excited however, as it seems we won’t be seeing the show air for quite some time.

The big hurdles facing development are the issues surrounding X-Men’s muddy rights ownership. Fox Entertainment’s sister company, 20th Century Fox, owns the film rights to X-Men, while Marvel holds the comic book rights. This means they’re required to reach an agreement with Disney in order to successfully greenlight the project.

As they’re still in early negotiations, there is no creative team or solid concept established for the series, Newman confirms.

“It’s in negotiations. We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.”

Much of the online speculation suggests the series could revolve the X-Men spinoff comic series X-Factor, though only time will tell, and Newman believes the show won’t be ready to air before the 2016-2017 TV season.

This series will mark the second time Fox returns to X-Men, after a stint in the mid-90s airing the animated X-Men series on their now defunct Fox Kids block. Additionally, this will be the second hat they’ve thrown into the live-action superhero ring, following in the success of the networks Batman-spinoff series Gotham. 

This is some pretty big news, though we can’t get too excited seeing as how the series won’t materialize for a couple of years. Regardless, it’s a great time to be a comic book nerd as more and more networks embrace superheroes as a creative avenue for TV programming. How do you folks feel about the news? Excited that the mutant superheroes are finally about to get some TV airtime? Speak your mind in the comment section below!

Source: TV Insider

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