We have information regarding the rumors about a live action X-Men TV series that Fox have been toying with. Initially, the problems with Marvel Studios owning the rights to some of the characters had us believing it was what it was: a rumor. As the pragmatics behind putting a show into production based on characters who are tied in a political ‘who-owns-what’ battle seemed like too steep a hill to climb for the network. However, talks have been had from both sides and it is looking slightly more probable now.
Fox Entertainment chairman Gary Newman confirmed that the two studios have been in talks, stipulating that “It’s in negotiations.” Newman also sounds upbeat about the talks:
“We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with [Marvel]. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.”
So, according to Newman, they are only at the first stage trying to come to an agreement with Marvel Studios. Thus, by the time things are solidified and made concrete and the talent is brought on board, we are looking at a 2016/2017 release date at the earliest for the show to materialize.
Another question lies on whether they will be bringing the X-Factor team to the small screen, or whether they will focus on a different group of mutants altogether (hmmm, that sounds familiar…). Fox have already had a spin at the whole Mutant theme with the aptly titled Mutant X, which aired for three seasons and starred John Shea, Victoria Pratt, Victor Webster and Lauren Lee Smith. The irony with this show was that it was produced by Marvel Studios and aired on Fox, with Fox deciding to sue the show for being a Marvel produced rip-off of X-Men, which they had the live action rights to (did you follow that?).
It’s easy to see what’s so appealing about bringing the X-Men to the small screen as Superhero shows are killing it right now with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and Daredevil, and DC’s ratings behemoths Arrow, The Flash, and Fox’s own Gotham all faring extremely popular in the key demos with CW enjoying some of the highest ratings since the network’s inception with their DC properties with more on the way.
Rumor has it that Manny Koto and Evan Katz of 24 fame will executive produce the show and act as show-runners, with Patrick McKay and JD Payne (Star Trek 3) on writing duties with all four sharing a “created by” credit, should the show move ahead. The question is, will this last longer than three seasons? (the run Mutant X got on the network).
Are you looking forward to seeing the X-Men on the small screen? Would you like to see a new group of mutants kickin’ up a fuss?