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Fox and 24 producers bringing X-Men series to television

01.26.2015

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Back in October of last year, we shared a rumor that FOX was looking to bring the X-Men to television. Now after months of speculation, word is that the network is in fact working to bring them to the small screen, pending the approval of Marvel Entertainment. It’s still in the very early stages of development as a live-action X-Men TV series and Fox entertainment chairmen Gary Newman said the series wouldn’t be ready to air before the 2016-2017 TV season.

Here’s what else Newman said about the status of the negotiations:

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.

The creative possibly being preliminary conversations with “24” producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto to develop the live-action series. Screenwriters Patrick McKay and JD Payne will script the pilot episode with Katz and Coto set to serve as showrunners. We still don’t know what the series will look like or which characters will appear; so let the speculation begin!

With 20th Century Fox having the film rights to the material, that’s where the OK from Marvel comes in. If it’s a win-win for all those involved, it’s really just a matter of time and more importantly that ‘creative” they talked about. Newman is optimistic, so that’s a good sign. Gotham is still doing really well for the network so it wouldn’t hurt to reach out to the other side of the table to get more dramas with a built-in fan base to tune in.

Source: TVInsider

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1:54PM on 01/27/2015
The problem with being on any of the big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, or FOX) is that they produce too many episodes per season for all their shows. Therefore, you get watered down stuff that gnaws at the viewer's interest week after week. If starts to feel like a waste of time. Like there are only 3 episodes worth while, the season premiere, the midseason finale, and the season finale. AMC, Netflix, HBO etc. have found out that less is more.

What they should do is make a 12 episode season, and
The problem with being on any of the big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, or FOX) is that they produce too many episodes per season for all their shows. Therefore, you get watered down stuff that gnaws at the viewer's interest week after week. If starts to feel like a waste of time. Like there are only 3 episodes worth while, the season premiere, the midseason finale, and the season finale. AMC, Netflix, HBO etc. have found out that less is more.

What they should do is make a 12 episode season, and make great stuff, not Gotham like stuff.
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12:23PM on 01/27/2015
Get Patrick Stewart back as the head of a TV series and I'm in.
Get Patrick Stewart back as the head of a TV series and I'm in.
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9:14AM on 01/27/2015

This better have mutants we know... I can't stand another Gotham or AoS

This better be about the mutants, it better take place at the school for gifted students and it better have people we care about.

Gotham sucks, so does AoS. They do nothing to make their worlds interesting. They have no point of existing.
This better be about the mutants, it better take place at the school for gifted students and it better have people we care about.

Gotham sucks, so does AoS. They do nothing to make their worlds interesting. They have no point of existing.
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10:10AM on 01/27/2015
While I don't think it necessarily needs the big-name characters to be successful, I do agree that both Gotham and AoS are terrible.
While I don't think it necessarily needs the big-name characters to be successful, I do agree that both Gotham and AoS are terrible.
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3:19AM on 01/27/2015

No interest as long as Fox is involved.

Until Marvel get's back the rights to X-Men I just can't see myself interested in a Fox ran production. Unless they completely scrub everything they've done, get rid of Singer, and become extremely loyal to the source material, then maybe. But I see the former happening way before the latter.
Until Marvel get's back the rights to X-Men I just can't see myself interested in a Fox ran production. Unless they completely scrub everything they've done, get rid of Singer, and become extremely loyal to the source material, then maybe. But I see the former happening way before the latter.
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9:36PM on 01/26/2015
They would have to take it real serious, like Game of Thrones does. It doesn't have to be all giant set pieces and special effects, it would be nice to have it focus more on the characters. But it had better not be cheap either. They do have an immense load of stories to choose from. Would they use the actors from the films?
They would have to take it real serious, like Game of Thrones does. It doesn't have to be all giant set pieces and special effects, it would be nice to have it focus more on the characters. But it had better not be cheap either. They do have an immense load of stories to choose from. Would they use the actors from the films?
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8:32PM on 01/26/2015
I may be interested if they wear their costumes.
I may be interested if they wear their costumes.
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3:19AM on 01/27/2015
AMEN!
AMEN!
9:16AM on 01/27/2015
It won't be about the mutants we know. It will probably be a new class full of new mutants created just for the show. That is how Fox works and that is how comic book based shows are working these days. The more new stuff they produce, the less they will confuse people who have no idea who is who in the comics.
It won't be about the mutants we know. It will probably be a new class full of new mutants created just for the show. That is how Fox works and that is how comic book based shows are working these days. The more new stuff they produce, the less they will confuse people who have no idea who is who in the comics.
7:26PM on 01/26/2015
I'm actually a bit confused by this. I thought I had all the rights sorted out in my mind, but since fox is asking for Marvel approval, does that mean Fox doesn't have the rights to produce an Xmen tv show but are trying to get them? If they don't Marvel should hold them over the fire and try to get shared rights back to some of their characters like they did when fox asked for extra time for the New Fantastic Four film. Fox was running out of time to get it into production, asked for more
I'm actually a bit confused by this. I thought I had all the rights sorted out in my mind, but since fox is asking for Marvel approval, does that mean Fox doesn't have the rights to produce an Xmen tv show but are trying to get them? If they don't Marvel should hold them over the fire and try to get shared rights back to some of their characters like they did when fox asked for extra time for the New Fantastic Four film. Fox was running out of time to get it into production, asked for more time. Marvel countered with sure we'll give you more but we want shared rights to Silver Surfer and Galactus. Fox said no and had to rush production of FF to keep the rights. I wonder if they'll try something like that again.
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7:25PM on 01/26/2015
Obviously there are many different characters and even timelines they can use, but I think they should basically make it Generation X. We're getting more of the First class stuff with Apocalypse so no need for that. Set it after the events of X3 (well since that's kinda been erased atleast the same time) Have it be about the next generation of mutants that take charge. Bring in mutants like Jubilee, Chamber, Husk, and Skin. Maybe they can get Marsden or Famke as the head teacher? Or going off
Obviously there are many different characters and even timelines they can use, but I think they should basically make it Generation X. We're getting more of the First class stuff with Apocalypse so no need for that. Set it after the events of X3 (well since that's kinda been erased atleast the same time) Have it be about the next generation of mutants that take charge. Bring in mutants like Jubilee, Chamber, Husk, and Skin. Maybe they can get Marsden or Famke as the head teacher? Or going off the Generation X idea maybe Banshee?
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10:21PM on 01/26/2015
oh, something like this? [link]
oh, something like this? [link]
11:30PM on 01/26/2015
ahahahahah I just KNEW that somebody was going to bring that up! Despite that T.V. movie being horribly made it was a pretty big deal back in the day. I remember watching it on tv and being bummed when it didn't become a show. By the way anyone else remember the Xmen rip off show Mutant X????
ahahahahah I just KNEW that somebody was going to bring that up! Despite that T.V. movie being horribly made it was a pretty big deal back in the day. I remember watching it on tv and being bummed when it didn't become a show. By the way anyone else remember the Xmen rip off show Mutant X????
7:13PM on 01/26/2015
If done right, this could be great. I would like something in the style of Lost, focusing on a large group of characters. However, if this is more like Gotham and just an attempt to cash in on the superhero craze, than I'll pass.
If done right, this could be great. I would like something in the style of Lost, focusing on a large group of characters. However, if this is more like Gotham and just an attempt to cash in on the superhero craze, than I'll pass.
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7:08PM on 01/26/2015
The success of this really depends on which character's and storyline they choose to focus on. They should really focus on the origins of the team and not even involve Wolverine in this series for at least awhile. I want this series to focus on the first X-Men team, sort of how X-Men: First Class accomplished it.
The success of this really depends on which character's and storyline they choose to focus on. They should really focus on the origins of the team and not even involve Wolverine in this series for at least awhile. I want this series to focus on the first X-Men team, sort of how X-Men: First Class accomplished it.
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