With Agents of SHIELD, The Flash, Gotham and Agent Carter already on the small screen and Netflix’s Daredevil and AKA Jessica Jones on the horizon, it’s never been a better time to be a superhero on TV – and now the X-Men want a piece of the action.
20th Century Fox’s entertainment chairman Gary Newman has confirmed that a TV series based on the popular comics series is in development, following the success of the film franchise starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence.
However, it’s still early days for the project – and while Fox have the film rights to the mutant heroes, they still have to work with original character creators Marvel comics, who now have their own successful film and TV empire.
“It’s in negotiations,” Newman told TV Insider. “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.”
Newman also said that the series would be unlikely to appear on TV until 2016-17 at the earliest, so don’t expect to see any coiffured and beclawed mutants on the small screen any time soon (apart from repeats of the X-Men movies).
The X-Men’s potential move into TV isn’t a complete surprise, with the writer of 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past Simon Kinberg having suggesting the idea to Collider last April.
“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,” he said.