Could a live-action X-Men series be making its way to network television? When asked, chairman and CEO of Fox Television Company, Dana Walden, had this to say about the possibility of bringing mutants to prime-time:
[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.
While 20th Century Fox maintains rights to the X-Men characters, Marvel still holds the rights to the comics - meaning that Marvel would have to sign off in order for this idea to come to fruition, and it is no secret that the two sides do not exactly see eye-to-eye when it comes to the property. That being said, there are a few good reasons for fans to hold out hope on the possibility of seeing this series in the near future.
Firstly, superhero television shows, for the most part, are successful in today's market. Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, along with Marvel's very own, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and Daredevil are each renewed for another season respectively. Not to mention, DC plans to launch two new superhero shows within the next year: Supergirl in the fall, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow sometime in early 2016. It should also be noted that Marvel's Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are all slated for release in the relatively near future - all of which on Netflix respectively.
That being said, Marvel's presence is felt more online with streaming services such as Netflix, and less so on cable - where DC is currently reigning with three well-received superhero series. Marvel could potentially see the X-Men series as a possibility to take back some of the cable television market, while rivaling DC show, Gotham, on the same network.
In addition, the X-Men property is one, unlike Fantastic 4, that Fox has had success with in the past. Whether it be the early films such as X-Men, X2: X-Men United, or the more recent X-Men: First Class and [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942), Fox's X-Men films have been, for the most part, well received by critics and fans alike.
Also, Fox has Star Trek: Beyond writers, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, already penning the live-action X-Men series, as well as sharing creator credits. If we see this deal signed, it would appear that Fox has some big names on the project.
Talks have been taking place between Fox and Marvel since back in January, and it appears that some progress has been made. So, will the writing team, as well as the possibility to take back some cable television market be enough to entice Marvel to sign off, or will 20th Century Fox have to sweeten the deal to get it done? Fox hopes so, but only time will tell.
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