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.”
Twentieth Century Fox holds the film rights to the franchise, but in order to use the heroes on Fox, the company will 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 smallscreen.
Fox chiefs Gary Newman and Dana Walden told reporters at the 2015 Television Critics Assn. Winter Press Tour that Fox is also considering revivals of “The X-Files,” “24” and “Prison Break.”
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.
TV Insider first reported the news.