A little while back, rumors began floating around regarding a potential live-action X-Men Series for television -- but now, in the midst FOX's growing comic book cinematic universe, THR has confirmed that the series is definitely in development, thanks to an exclusive interview with FOX CEO Dana Waldman at this week's Television Critics Association summer press tour. According to Walden:
[For] X-Men, we're in negotiations with Marvel. We're hopeful we'll be able to announce something soon. We're not closed on a deal yet but it's something we're definitely pursuing
According to THR, FOX already has a few key elements of the show lined up: Star Trek Beyond writing duo Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne are set to pen the series, and 24's Evan Katz and Manny Coto will serve as showrunners, and share a "created by" credit with the writers.
Walden detailed why the deal is still in talks regarding Marvel, who have already opened up a collaborative effort on Spider-Man with Sony.
The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature side so we won't be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney. This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.
Marvel still holds the original rights to X-Men characters in their comics, and it seems as though there aren't many details out on what, exactly, the show will be about. What's interesting about this particular quote is that the series seems like it might run alongside the established cinematic universe at FOX, which includes the ongoing X-Men franchise and The Fantastic Four. Walden and FOX's hopes are that the show would be a "long-running" series, as opposed to one-shot revival shows that are gaining popularity today.
So far, there's no word on dates, plot, actors or any other specifics, but it's interesting to know that the television series might borrow from Marvel's usual formula and tie the show's plotline into the ongoing storyline of the movies.