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FOX confirms a live action X-Men series is in development with Marvel

08.06.2015

With the X-Men franchise looking as profitable as ever and a new film, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, slated to hit theaters next year, 20th Century Fox is still trying to expand their franchise. Rumors have abounded about a potential live action series for a couple of years. Most recently, we heard it was still in the creative stages and the deal was not set. Now, FOX is giving us more hope.

FOX's Dana Walden said that the plan for the live action series is to make it a long running show with familiar characters from the big screen. She did caution that characters like Wolverine will remain on the big screen only. But, while previous reports had this in the very early stages, Walden revealed how close the project is now.

“We’re in negotiations with Marvel,” she said. “We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to announce something soon, but we’re not closed on deal yet.”

A deal would be the first part of the project but it is unclear what negotiations are being made with Marvel. Could FOX be working out a deal to cross-over with Marvel Studios characters? While that is just wishful thinking, stranger things have happened in recent years (ahem, Spider-man).

How an X-MEN television series would work is up in the air, but I would think that focusing on the young mutant students at Xavier's school would make the most sense and also fit in with the demographic that FOX aims for. Stay tuned for more details as this develops.

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10:40AM on 08/08/2015
A return on Fantastic Four to Marvel has to be on the table here, less for the titular heroes and more for all the "other stuff" bundled in with said rights. Because Phase Four is going to need a villain.

Also if done right an X-Men series could be amazing. There's so much stuff there that they'll never come close to touching in the films. As long as Fox actually make an effort with the show, it could be good.
A return on Fantastic Four to Marvel has to be on the table here, less for the titular heroes and more for all the "other stuff" bundled in with said rights. Because Phase Four is going to need a villain.

Also if done right an X-Men series could be amazing. There's so much stuff there that they'll never come close to touching in the films. As long as Fox actually make an effort with the show, it could be good.
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5:03AM on 08/07/2015

fingers crossed

We might actually get something that feels and looks like the X-Men!
We might actually get something that feels and looks like the X-Men!
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2:41AM on 08/07/2015
If this could somehow get Marvel the rights of Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, Doom, etc then I am all for this. Just imagine what Marvel could do with all of those characters ALL in the same universe with one another. Fingers crossed that F4 bombs so hard that this actually happens.
If this could somehow get Marvel the rights of Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, Doom, etc then I am all for this. Just imagine what Marvel could do with all of those characters ALL in the same universe with one another. Fingers crossed that F4 bombs so hard that this actually happens.
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2:29AM on 08/07/2015
Even if Marvel/Disney can't get Fantasic Four back it'd be very reasonable for them to get key characters ancillary to the FF rights like Silver Surfer and Galactus, whom I have no doubt that Marvel has been trying to keep an open dialogue with Fox about, ever since deciding to take the MCU galactic and steer into Infinity War and Thanos.
Even if Marvel/Disney can't get Fantasic Four back it'd be very reasonable for them to get key characters ancillary to the FF rights like Silver Surfer and Galactus, whom I have no doubt that Marvel has been trying to keep an open dialogue with Fox about, ever since deciding to take the MCU galactic and steer into Infinity War and Thanos.
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12:12AM on 08/07/2015

What we know

1) Marvel has the rights for X-Men animination. That is how X-Men Evolution was able to appear on WB Kids while Fox had the movie rights to the characters.
2) Fox has the rights to live action X-Men movies. Presumably there is also a clause in the Marvel-Fox contract that stipulates that Marvel cannot do a live action X-Men series which is why Mutant X wasn't simply an X-Men series.
3) Fox did make a live action X-Men pilot back in 1996: it was called Generation X and it featured Emma
1) Marvel has the rights for X-Men animination. That is how X-Men Evolution was able to appear on WB Kids while Fox had the movie rights to the characters.
2) Fox has the rights to live action X-Men movies. Presumably there is also a clause in the Marvel-Fox contract that stipulates that Marvel cannot do a live action X-Men series which is why Mutant X wasn't simply an X-Men series.
3) Fox did make a live action X-Men pilot back in 1996: it was called Generation X and it featured Emma Frost, Banshee and Jubilee, three characters who have since made the transition to movies.

That's all we know. Marvel still owns the characters and the liscencing rights meaning that if somebody were to make an action figure of Wolverine with Hugh Jackman's face then Marvel gets the proceeds and not Fox.

My guess is that Marvel sold the rights for Fox to make movies and not a television show. Fox would have to pay Marvel a reasonable amount of money to get Marvel to agree to Fox being able to make an X-Men TV show. It's win win for Marvel and Fox but Marvel is in a good position to make reasonable demands. One thing Marvel might want is for Fox to give them back some characters. The Skrulls? Kang? The Fantastic Four? If the Fantastic Four movie flops then Marvel will get something out of this. If the Fantastic Four movie succeeds then Marvel will just take the money from Fox.
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9:52PM on 08/06/2015
Would love to see Patrick Stewart head this up as Professor X on the small screen with a group of young mutants. And have Quicksilver as your biggest draw after all Peters is not above TV with his stint on American Horror Story, and Stewart got his fame from a long running television program.
Would love to see Patrick Stewart head this up as Professor X on the small screen with a group of young mutants. And have Quicksilver as your biggest draw after all Peters is not above TV with his stint on American Horror Story, and Stewart got his fame from a long running television program.
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12:16AM on 08/07/2015
The team will almost certainly consist of Scott, Jean, Angel, Hank, Jubilee, Storm, Havok and Nightcrawler with cameos from Psylocke, Professor Xavier and Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence would not do a TV series but she could be recast for television. Other characters they could introduce would be Polaris and Dazzler.
The team will almost certainly consist of Scott, Jean, Angel, Hank, Jubilee, Storm, Havok and Nightcrawler with cameos from Psylocke, Professor Xavier and Magneto. Jennifer Lawrence would not do a TV series but she could be recast for television. Other characters they could introduce would be Polaris and Dazzler.
7:55PM on 08/06/2015
Maybe with Sony capitulating and F4 being stillborn, Fox is bending the knee. Help us Marvel. Help us.
Maybe with Sony capitulating and F4 being stillborn, Fox is bending the knee. Help us Marvel. Help us.
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7:08PM on 08/06/2015

Damn this is exciting

Okay so looks like Agents of Shield/Agent Carter are doing something to get FOX noticing. OR it's Daredevil that's got their attention. Regardless, this are very interesting developments.
So lets see what could FOX need from Marvel, my guess is they don't have the tv rights for the characters. It makes sense that they have Motion Picture rights that don't work with TV or streaming. So we'll see how that negotiation goes, I'm hoping they can do the Spidey deal here too but it's hard to see
Okay so looks like Agents of Shield/Agent Carter are doing something to get FOX noticing. OR it's Daredevil that's got their attention. Regardless, this are very interesting developments.
So lets see what could FOX need from Marvel, my guess is they don't have the tv rights for the characters. It makes sense that they have Motion Picture rights that don't work with TV or streaming. So we'll see how that negotiation goes, I'm hoping they can do the Spidey deal here too but it's hard to see happen.

And finally what would the show be? We've seen that the technology is at a great place where superhero shows don't need to look poorly made anymore. And we've seen pop culture come to adapt superpowers on tv (ex:The Flash). So all we need is the right story for TV here that connects to the X cinematic universe. Depending on the end of Apocalypse, I see the cyclops, jean, jubilee team of beginners doing their thing make sense. I understand the idea of not having big actors in it, but we could get Xmen Evolution live action style. The only sad thought about that is we'd get pretty much a story we can already watch that's a decade old. But it makes sense, the brotherhood is the villains, the teens are the main characters. Well, actually CW shows have shown characters in their 20s works better. But it has to be life in the Xmansion, right? If no Wolvy, we don't know where to go. X-Force could be interesting, much more unique and ballsy choice.
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6:25PM on 08/06/2015
This could be good, or really bad. With Singer, Jackman, and others trying to close out the cinematic X-Men universe, Fox has been desperate to find ways to keep it going. I don't think a Gambit film with Tatum is going to do much business. If they make it, I say do a clean reboot. I love the films (most of them), but there's potential to do something new with the x-men. I don't think this needs to be connected to the MCU either, and least not in a major way (similar to Daredevil).
This could be good, or really bad. With Singer, Jackman, and others trying to close out the cinematic X-Men universe, Fox has been desperate to find ways to keep it going. I don't think a Gambit film with Tatum is going to do much business. If they make it, I say do a clean reboot. I love the films (most of them), but there's potential to do something new with the x-men. I don't think this needs to be connected to the MCU either, and least not in a major way (similar to Daredevil).
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5:55PM on 08/06/2015

X-Factor Investigations

An X-Men TV show would be really cool. Especially since there are so many characters that either haven't been used or barely used. But I think X-Factor Investigations would be a cool direction to go for a TV show. Lots of directions it could go with different mutants filtering in and out. Multiple Man could be a fun lead character.
An X-Men TV show would be really cool. Especially since there are so many characters that either haven't been used or barely used. But I think X-Factor Investigations would be a cool direction to go for a TV show. Lots of directions it could go with different mutants filtering in and out. Multiple Man could be a fun lead character.
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4:18PM on 08/06/2015

since hugh jackman is retiring...

this would be a good opportunity to let Marvel reboot Wolverine for post-Phase 3.
i think by the 2020's, super hero movie fatigue will set in enough, that the best option will be for studios to team-up. after Infinity War, how about Spider-Man and the New Avengers VS the Rebooted X-Men?
this would be a good opportunity to let Marvel reboot Wolverine for post-Phase 3.
i think by the 2020's, super hero movie fatigue will set in enough, that the best option will be for studios to team-up. after Infinity War, how about Spider-Man and the New Avengers VS the Rebooted X-Men?
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4:04PM on 08/06/2015
Maybe this is wishful thinking, but the situation and timing just seems too perfect:

Marvel lets Fox make X-men television IF Fox lets Marvel get the Fantastic Four film rights back.

I have no interest in anything FoxMen anymore; but I know that realistically that franchise is here to stay for a while. F4, not so much. The trade sounds like a win-win for both studios, and for the fans it's a necessary evil (shitty in-name-only X-men shows) to get real Fantastic Four movies, in the MCU no
Maybe this is wishful thinking, but the situation and timing just seems too perfect:

Marvel lets Fox make X-men television IF Fox lets Marvel get the Fantastic Four film rights back.

I have no interest in anything FoxMen anymore; but I know that realistically that franchise is here to stay for a while. F4, not so much. The trade sounds like a win-win for both studios, and for the fans it's a necessary evil (shitty in-name-only X-men shows) to get real Fantastic Four movies, in the MCU no less.

Please make it happen (stranger and better things have, ie Spider-man)
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4:12PM on 08/06/2015
Fox could make an X-Men television show without Marvel. they need to get something out of the deal.
Fox could make an X-Men television show without Marvel. they need to get something out of the deal.
4:42PM on 08/06/2015
I've been under the impression that other studios like Fox and Sony strictly have only film rights to the characters, and that's even excluding television. I swear I've read that somewhere. That's why Disney technically owns the old X-men cartoons and has been making the new Spider-man cartoons. The reason Disney hasn't had Spider-man, Mr. Fantastic or Wolverine show up in Agents of Shield really just comes down to a gentleman's agreement of sorts. Honestly, I could be wrong, or the
I've been under the impression that other studios like Fox and Sony strictly have only film rights to the characters, and that's even excluding television. I swear I've read that somewhere. That's why Disney technically owns the old X-men cartoons and has been making the new Spider-man cartoons. The reason Disney hasn't had Spider-man, Mr. Fantastic or Wolverine show up in Agents of Shield really just comes down to a gentleman's agreement of sorts. Honestly, I could be wrong, or the original source could have been wrong.
11:15PM on 08/06/2015
Chicken is 100% correct. Fox does not own the TV rights to any of their Marvel properties. They own only the movie rights. Marvel could launch their own Xmen TV series right now if they wanted, its just it wouldn't fit in with their shared world since they couldn't even mention them in the movies. If Fox wants TV rights its going to have to cede something to Marvel in return. Given the current FF4 buzz, it wouldn't shock me if that was it. It could also be a joint venture and shared character
Chicken is 100% correct. Fox does not own the TV rights to any of their Marvel properties. They own only the movie rights. Marvel could launch their own Xmen TV series right now if they wanted, its just it wouldn't fit in with their shared world since they couldn't even mention them in the movies. If Fox wants TV rights its going to have to cede something to Marvel in return. Given the current FF4 buzz, it wouldn't shock me if that was it. It could also be a joint venture and shared character use for everything ala Sony.
12:22AM on 08/07/2015
No, Marvel cannot do an X-Men series without Fox. That's why we got the shitty Mutant X series instead.
No, Marvel cannot do an X-Men series without Fox. That's why we got the shitty Mutant X series instead.
5:32AM on 08/07/2015
On this one you're wrong Martin, Marvel could absolutely do a series right now if they wanted. The reason Mutant X is because Marvel licensed it out to another company Firework Entertainment if I remember right. Fox brought suit against Marvel for using mutants on TV it and lost and it was allowed to remain on the air. Fox wouldn't be coming to Marvel to ask for a TV series if they had the rights themselves, they'd just make one. Marvel owns the rights to mutants in all mediums other than
On this one you're wrong Martin, Marvel could absolutely do a series right now if they wanted. The reason Mutant X is because Marvel licensed it out to another company Firework Entertainment if I remember right. Fox brought suit against Marvel for using mutants on TV it and lost and it was allowed to remain on the air. Fox wouldn't be coming to Marvel to ask for a TV series if they had the rights themselves, they'd just make one. Marvel owns the rights to mutants in all mediums other than movies. They choose not to make shows about it, like choosing to kill off uber known mutant and ending ff4, solely because they have no desire to promote something they don't own the movie rights to.
4:01PM on 08/06/2015
I have no idea how Marvel is in the least interested in this idea. Knowing Marvel, they'll want to reboot everything on the big screen, of all with the X-Men universe. Why waste their time sprinkling certain characters in Agents of Shield... it would feel like a waste of their time until they have total creative control.
I have no idea how Marvel is in the least interested in this idea. Knowing Marvel, they'll want to reboot everything on the big screen, of all with the X-Men universe. Why waste their time sprinkling certain characters in Agents of Shield... it would feel like a waste of their time until they have total creative control.
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3:38PM on 08/06/2015

Like Agents of SHIELD, they'll need some cameos from screen actors

if they want this show to be successful. Besides, how can they get around not using James McAvoy as Charles Xavier? He's the principal of the bloody school!
if they want this show to be successful. Besides, how can they get around not using James McAvoy as Charles Xavier? He's the principal of the bloody school!
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5:43PM on 08/06/2015
You could have a situation where every time a student needs him...they'd go Mr Xavier sir...Mr Xavier...and then the camera cuts to the back side of a wheel chair entering the lift as it closes and that'll be that. Just keep having these close calls where a student just misses him...it could be a running gag throughout the series :o)
You could have a situation where every time a student needs him...they'd go Mr Xavier sir...Mr Xavier...and then the camera cuts to the back side of a wheel chair entering the lift as it closes and that'll be that. Just keep having these close calls where a student just misses him...it could be a running gag throughout the series :o)
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