‘X-Men’ TV Series: Fox Starts Negotiations With Marvel To Bring X-Men Live Action On Television
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Fans of the “X-Men” franchise may have yet another thing to look forward to as negotiations for an “X-men” TV series featuring real-life actors, as opposed to cartoon versions, is underway between Fox and Marvel.
Superheroes on television are a certified hit and Fox is hoping to replicate the success of the “X-men” movies to the small screen. Fox already has a TV show based on comic book characters in “Gotham,” while ABC has a couple of Marvel series in its line-up. Meanwhile, DC comic book characters are heading The CW’s selection with “The Flash” and “Arrow,” while CBS is also getting in the comic-book-turned-TV-show business with “Supergirl,” which kicks off this season.
“We’re in negotiations with Marvel, we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to announce something soon,” said Fox CEO Dana Walden during the Television Critics Academy panel, according to Hypable. “We’re not closed on a deal yet, but it’s something we’re definitely pursuing.”
Discussions started as early as January and the plan is to bring “X-men” as a regular TV series, not an event series with shorter episodes.
“The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature [films] side, so we won’t be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney,” the executive continued, according to The Wrap. “This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.”
As far as casting is concerned, big players like Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence may be too busy to be on a TV show, so it is expected that the series, should it happen, will look for newcomers or actors who can commit to a year-long first season project.