X-Men TV Series In The Works?

Ryan Leston
·UK Movies Writer

It looks as though the ‘X-Men’ franchise could head to TV with its very own series… but will any of our favourite X-Men appear?

According to TV Insider, everyone’s favourite mutants could have their own show… but it depends on what Marvel thinks of the idea.

“[Fox Entertainment chairman Gary] Newman tells us that negotiations are under way to develop an X-Men series,” they reveal. “But here’s the slight complication: While sister production company 20th Century Fox controls the film rights to the X-Men characters, the comic itself is owned by Marvel, which is based at rival Disney. A live-action TV series requires Marvel’s blessing – and that has led to some delicate talks.”

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“It’s in negotiations,” Newman confirmed. “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.”

Of course, it will likely have to be a pretty sweet deal in order to win marvel over. After all, they’re busy ramping up their own TV efforts and have recently added ‘Agent Carter’ as well as a ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Jessica Jones’ series to its own TV slate. And that’s on top of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’. Would Marvel really approve their competition? I suppose that depends on what Fox has to offer.

Although there are no creative details just yet, The Hollywood Reporter was able to add that ‘Star Trek 3’ writing duo Patrick MacKay and J.D. Payne will be penning the series… with a bit of gentle guidance from ‘24’ producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto.

But what does this mean for the ‘X-Men’ franchise?

Well, it’s likely that we won’t see many of our favourite X-Men in this new series. After all, such high-profile actors as Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence are unlikely to be able to commit to a full series run.

And let’s face it – given the choice, Fox is going to keep them on the big screen.

Instead, it’s far more likely that we’ll be introduced to some of the less prominent X-Men… or perhaps younger versions of the main franchise characters. There’s even speculation that this could include Marvel’s ‘X-Force’ – a group long rumoured to be heading to our screens.

Either way, this is a bold move for the ‘X-Men’. And could result in some of the best TV we’ve seen in a long time. But for now, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Picture Credit: 20th Century Fox