X-Men Television Fox Hopes To Bring X-MEN To Television written by Sean Gerber January 26, 2015 Fox is working to bring X-MEN to television in a live-action series. Evan Katz and Manny Coto (24) are onboard as producers with Patrick McKay and JD Payne (STAR TREK 3) attached to write. The foursome will serve as showrunners for the series, if it happens, but that is far from definite. 2oth Century Fox owns the feature film rights to X-MEN, as a licensee of Marvel Entertainment. Those rights, it turns out, are not automatically extended to television. Marvel has to sign off on Fox doing a small screen adaptation. Gary Newman, a chairman of Fox Entertainment, told TV Insider where things stand with Marvel, “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.” All of this is obviously in very early stages. It is not known which characters from which X-MEN-related comic series will be featured or if the proposed television series would be in continuity with the film franchise. The creative basis for the series will be one of several factors Marvel will have to consider in its decision. Another critical issue here is competition. GOTHAM has done very well for Fox this season, so it’s no surprise the network wants another superhero television show based on a popular comic book and film franchise. Marvel, on the other hand, may not want to invite another competitor into an increasingly crowded comic book television schedule. Right now, Marvel only runs one show at a time with AGENT CARTER filling in while AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is on hiatus. Even so, there are three other superhero series from rival DC Entertainment (GOTHAM, THE FLASH, ARROW) guaranteed to return next season with a fourth, SUPERGIRL, also on the way. The fate of CONSTANTINE, another DC show which airs on NBC, is still up in the air. These are all series best-suited for 8:00pm or 9:00pm times slots, Sunday through Thursday. Many of those key time slots are already occupied by other hit shows on network television, which further limits availability. As of now, no two superhero or comic book themed shows have to air head-to-head, but the rapid expansion of the genre on the small screen could make such conflicts inevitable. Marvel could probably stipulate that if it allows Fox to have an X-MEN television show, the latter will not air its new series on the same day and time as AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. This is something Fox probably wouldn’t have a problem with since the network would likely do its best to avoid putting X-MEN head-to-head with any other superhero show, if possible. The last bit to wonder about is Marvel’s long-term plans and hopes for the X-MEN franchise. Unlike with Sony and SPIDER-MAN, there’s been no indication that Marvel has made overtures to Fox to try and include X-MEN in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Giving Fox a hard “no” to X-MEN as a television series might put a cap on the value of the brand for Fox, but it could also damage the relationship between licensor and licensee. There’s plenty to consider for both Marvel and Fox, so a quick decision is unlikely. Don’t expect to see X-MEN on your television screen in the immediate future, but with the two sides talking, perhaps something could be put together in time to follow X-MEN: APOCALYPSE in 2016. Source: TV Insider, The Hollywood Reporter Fox Hopes To Bring X-MEN To Television was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Marvel 1 comment 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post MMM #235: Hardy Out, Batman In SUICIDE SQUAD next post MMM #236: Marvel Movie Musings You may also like FX Orders LEGION To Series May 31, 2016 Darren James Seeley While the idea of Manny Coto (24, Enterprise) as showrunner goes a long way…the X-series would have to be srt in present day and not rely on the main “present” cast if set in the same X-universe. (no Wolverine, Prof X, Storm etc.) soto me, there are only a few options. They are: A show based around one of the other ‘X’ teams, like Alpha Flight, Generation X, X Force etc. Or, since the timeline has changed, The Morlocks (led by Callisto, for example) A show based on/around Muir Island (best bet) a show based around a character, one we have already seen, such as Multiple Man.