A few months ago came rumors that FOX was looking to do with their “X-Men” franchise what Disney had done with their Marvel properties – expand into television.
Following the network’s TCA presentation this week, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden tells THR that they’re still pursuing this option and hope to ultimately have a major series out of it:
“[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. The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature side so we won’t be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney. This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.”>
“24” producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto are developing the live-action series while Patrick McKay and JD Payne are penning the pilot episode. The news comes as three “X-Men” related feature films are slated to hit cinemas next year – “X-Men: Apocalypse” on May 27th, “Deadpool” on February 12th and “Gambit” on October 7th.