There’s already a slew of TV series from Marvel Studios on the way with “Agent Carter” set to focus on the decades before S.H.I.E.L.D. became the corrupt, Hydra-fueled organization it is today, and “Daredevil” coming next year as the first of several original series on Netflix that tie into the big screen cinematic universe. And now Fox is keen on getting in on the TV action with their own Marvel property.
Bleeding Cool has learned that Fox is currently in “deep development” on a live-action series adaptation of X-Men. Their source is the same who brought them a scoop about a developing “Supergirl” series before it became official, so this sounds like a pretty promising lead.
It would be just one more on a huge pile of comic book adaptations hitting television from the recent “Gotham” to the forthcoming “Constantine” and the longer-running “The Walking Dead.” But this would be the first time the traditional X-Men team has hit TV in live-action form, though it has seen several animated iterations (we all remember the theme song from the animated series, and a live-action X-Men pilot called “Generation X” aired in 1996 but never went further than that).
Unfortunately, because the series is only in development, details are completely scarce with no word on who is executive producing or writing, and no hints at which X-Men this might follow or when the series would take place. But since Fox only has the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that they’re milking them for everything they’re worth. After all, Marvel just killed Fantastic Four comic books in order to hurt awareness for Fox’s forthcoming feature film reboot.
A live-action X-Men series would be pretty incredible, but it’s hard to imagine the studio being able to pull it off without a hefty budget. If they do decide to bring X-Men to TV, I’d rather see a limited series that allows them to spend more money on visual effects and whatnot to give the show some real production value. That’s the hardest thing to overcome with these superhero centric shows.
Anyway, this is all still just a rumor right now, and there’s a chance that development may not even lead to a series. But maybe more official word will come out of New York Comic-Con later this week. Stay tuned for updates.
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