X-Men TV Series in the Works

As we’ve seen with Gotham, Shield, Agent Carter, and Flash, superheroes are not just big on the silver screen, but they’ve made a big comeback on TV as well. Netflix has their Daredevil series coming soon, and X-Men may be coming to television as well in the next several years.

According to Screen Rant and TV Insider, along with a planned revival of X-Files, Fox is working on bringing X-Men to the network. The rights situation, however, is complicated because Fox makes the X-Men movies, but the characters are owned by Marvel, who are under the Disney umbrella.

Apparently Fox would need a go ahead from Marvel before launching the series, and Gary Newman, the chairman of Fox Entertainment, said, “It’s in negotiations. We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting them.”

It will take time no matter what to get an X-Men show up and running, and Newman didn’t think a show would be ready until the 2016-17 season, but as X-Men screenwriter Simon Kinberg told Collider, “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 and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV.”

If the X-Men series gets up and running by 2016, it could neatly dovetail with the release of X-Men Apocalypse, which has a release date of May 27, 2016, and it will be interesting to see if they’ll have the show and the movie work in conjunction with each other, or if it will be another alternative universe, like Shield.

David Konow

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