Back in October, an unconfirmed report revealed that Fox is working on a live-action X-Men TV series, following comments made by producer Simon Kinberg in April that teased the possibility of this happening. Today, TV Insider spoke with Fox Entertainment chairman Gary Newman, who confirms that the network is in talks with Marvel for an X-Men show. Here's what he had to say:.
"It's in negotiations. We're cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative."
The site reports that, while 20th Century Fox owns the film rights, the comic rights still belong to Marvel, which is owned by Disney. A new live-action TV series will require Marvel's blessing, which has lead to "some delicate talks." Gary Newman also added that he doesn't think the show will be ready for the 2016-2017 TV season. While TV Insider's report doesn't reveal who will be involved with the show, a separte report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that 24's Evan Katz and Manny Coto will executive produce and serve as showrunners.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who co-wrote the original Star Trek 3 script with Roberto Orci, are writing the pilot script. The writers will share a "created by" credit with Evan Katz and Manny Coto. It has yet to be confirmed which characters will be featured in the TV series, but an October report revealed that Fox was considering bringing in Quicksilver for the show.
It isn't known if the network wants Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver in last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, to reprise his role, or if they will bring in a different actor. That report also hinted that Fox is considering using a female lead for the show, and Jamie Madrox, a.k.a. Multiple Man, who was played by Eric Dane in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. There is also speculation that the TV show may be based on Peter David's X-Factor comics, which may center on Madrox setting up a detective agency in Mutant Town.