An “X-Men” TV series is confirmed to be in the very early stages of development at Fox.
Negotiations are currently under way to develop a live-action show based on the long-running
comic book brand, which has already launched eight feature films including the upcoming
“X-Men: Apocalypse.”Though 20th Century Fox holds the film rights to the franchise, in order
to use the heroes on Fox, they’ll need to get “X-Men” comics publisher Marvel to sign off on
the deal for TV. Rumblings about an “X-Men” show have been in circulation for some time.
Last April, Simon Kinberg, writer of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” told Collider that he thought
an “X-Men” television series was a good idea.
“We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you
look at ‘SHIELD’ to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with ‘Daredevil’… it makes
sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to
do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better
suited for TV,” he said.
In the fall, Bleeding Cool reported that Fox was actively interested in bringing the famous
mutants to the small screen. Marvel is currently developing their own roster of series, with
“Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter” airing on ABC (which, like Marvel, is owned by
Disney), and “Daredevil,” “AKA Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” coming to Netflix.