Fox Planning Live-Action X-Men TV Series

The mutants could be headed to the small screen


The X-Men comics series has been fertile territory for 20th Century Fox’s film arm, with movies kicking off in 2000 and leading up to last year’s successful Days Of Future Past and the incoming Apocalypse. Now the TV side of the company is hoping to capitalise on the mutants, kicking off talks to turn Wolverine and co.’s adventures into an action-adventure series.

But before you start wondering when Professor X and the rest might be hitting the gogglebox, or what form such a series might take, cool your jets: it’s still very early days for talk of this. While Fox has the film rights, the company must strike a fresh deal with Marvel to create any X-Men TV series beyond the animated adventures. It's in negotiations," the network’s Gary Newman tells TV Line. "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."

On that point, The Hollywood Reporter has heard that 24 producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto are involved, with Star Trek 3 writers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne rumoured as aboard to write a pilot script. But while this has been on the Fox team’s mind for some time, there is still the small matter of the rights to deal with, and making the X-Men work on screen on a tighter budget. We’ll keep you informed as this one develops...