X-Men Live Action TV Series Being Planned at Fox?
While we've heard rumblings of this before, Bleeding Cool, the site that brought us the first news of a new Supergirl TV series being developed, now 'confirms' that Fox is moving forward on a live-action X-Men series.
The news comes from a source hiding within the ranks at Fox, who claim that an X-Men live-action TV series is in deep development. The studio is growing increasingly serious about bringing their lucrative Marvel franchise to the small screen, just as Marvel Studios and Disney have done with their own cinematic world on shows like ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter and Netflix's plan to have Marvel's Daredevil lead into The Defenders miniseries.
Of course, there are no details beyond the fact that the development process is heating up. Bleeding Cool hopes that more news will come forward now that it's out in the open, with an announcement to possibly come during next weekend's New York Comic Con.
Back in April, writer and producer Simon Kinberg had this to say about a possible X-Men TV series:
"We're still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, 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. Because that's it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week it's the same characters, different story. I think what [Fox is] seeing now is with the proliferation of new kinds of visual and special effects, there's a way to make these stories that doesn't cost $300 million every time you have to make a huge movie."
Mutants have invaded TV before. Avi Arad produced Mutant X, which followed a group of 'new mutants' for three seasons in syndication from 2001 to 2004. But it wasn't based on characters from the X-Men comics, and actually spurned a lawsuit between Marvel and 20th Century Fox. In 2003, the two parties resolved their differences in a confidential settlement. There was also the 1996 Fox TV movie Generation X, which was a spin-off of X-Men and portrayed some of the members we've seen in the more recent movies.
What do you think? Are you ready for a weekly dose of live-action X-Men?