Fox Rumored to be Working on a Live-Action X-Men TV Series
We've already seen Marvel enter the live-action TV business with its series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (as well as a few others). But now there's a rumor circulating that Marvel and Fox are partnering up to produce a live-action TV series centered around The X-Men. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but several credible sources have said that plans are already underway to put our favorite mutants on the big screen.
When speaking at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Fox CEO Dana Walden confirmed that Fox and Marvel are "in negotiations" to produce a live-action The X-Men TV series. "We’re in negotiations with Marvel,” said Fox Co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden. “We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to announce something soon, but we’re not closed on a deal yet.” That's not a definite "yes" by any means, but Walden's wording certainly suggests that the deal will happen.
Walden further added that a live-action X-Men series would be "long-running," rather than featuring just one or two seasons like we've seen with many recent shows. This is welcome news for us comic book fans, many of whom have longed to see the X-Men in their own TV series.
It only makes sense for Marvel to produce a live-action TV show about The X-Men, because after all this is one of its most successful franchise. The most recent X-Men movie, Days of Future Past, was a huge success at the box office. Released in summer of 2014, it scored an impressive 91% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter and generated more than $233 million. Previous films in The X-Men franchise also fared well, but Days of Future Past received the highest level of critical acclaim, prompting studio executives to begin work on a new film.
So, when can you expect to see The X-Men in a live-action TV series? Unfortunately, there's still no word yet on when, or even if, the show will be launched. All indications suggest that Fox and Marvel are planning to create the series, but we've yet to hear any official word. Until that happens, I would take these rumors with a grain of salt, because it could go either way. Fox may proceed forward with The X-Men show, or it may choose to pass up on the offer, potentially handing it over to another network.
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