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Simon Kinberg says X-Men could expand into live action television series

Apr. 25, 2014by:

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST has expanded the roster of characters to the point that fans have worried if director Bryan Singer has tried to cram too much into this summer's mutant extravaganza. But, Singer has promised that the follow-up, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, will not feature any of the original trilogy characters. So, how do you continue to expand your franchise outside of the Wolverine movies without spending an exorbitant amount of money?

The answer, according to screenwriter Simon Kinberg, may be the small screen. During an interview with Collider, Kinberg was asked about expansion to television and his answer was that Fox has been discussing it.

"Were still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at S.H.I.E.L.D. to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because theres just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV," Kinberg said. "Because thats it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week its the same characters, different story."

While the full extent of a feature film budget cannot exist on a network television series, shows like AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., HEROES, CW's ARROW, and SyFy's ALPHAS have shown you can tell an effective superhero story on a weekly basis. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. may not be quite the same as THE AVENGERS in terms of scope, there are so many mutants within the X-MEN universe that there are countless characters worthy of their own showcase.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST hits screens on May 23rd.

Extra Tidbit: Which X--MEN character would you like to see get their own TV series?
Source: Collider

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9:53AM on 04/28/2014

They could do some great things in the Xmen Universe on tv/netflix...

There are literally hundreds of known Mutants from the comics. Just pick 5 and set them up against Mr. Sinister. Hell, make this about Cable and set it in the future. Or have it be about The Morlocks and star Marrow.
There are literally hundreds of known Mutants from the comics. Just pick 5 and set them up against Mr. Sinister. Hell, make this about Cable and set it in the future. Or have it be about The Morlocks and star Marrow.
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4:51PM on 04/27/2014
Didn't they already try this with Mutant X?
Didn't they already try this with Mutant X?
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11:18PM on 04/26/2014

I could be wrong

But I swear I read somewhere that Marvel retains the rights to all of their characters in regards to television. I thought Sony and Fox only bought the film rights.
But I swear I read somewhere that Marvel retains the rights to all of their characters in regards to television. I thought Sony and Fox only bought the film rights.
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11:23PM on 04/26/2014
You're wrong. It's animation and live action, not TV and movies.
You're wrong. It's animation and live action, not TV and movies.
2:58AM on 04/27/2014
@Martin. Can you elaborate?
@Martin. Can you elaborate?
12:30AM on 04/28/2014
Fox can do a live action X-Men TV show. Marvel cannot. Fox threatened to sue Marvel over Mutant X.
Fox can do a live action X-Men TV show. Marvel cannot. Fox threatened to sue Marvel over Mutant X.
12:30AM on 04/28/2014
Fox can do a live action X-Men TV show. Marvel cannot. Fox threatened to sue Marvel over Mutant X.
Fox can do a live action X-Men TV show. Marvel cannot. Fox threatened to sue Marvel over Mutant X.
12:31AM on 04/28/2014
Fox can do a live action X-Men TV show. Marvel cannot. Fox threatened to sue Marvel over Mutant X.
Fox can do a live action X-Men TV show. Marvel cannot. Fox threatened to sue Marvel over Mutant X.
5:22PM on 04/26/2014

I've seen this!

And no, i'm not a timetraveller if that was your first thought. The show was called Mutant X if I remember correctly.

*sigh* that show had so much potential and was cool before the superhero craze was cool but now it looks likes its going to be overshadowed by the X-men and lost to time forever.

Whether thats a good thing or not, each to his/her own.
And no, i'm not a timetraveller if that was your first thought. The show was called Mutant X if I remember correctly.

*sigh* that show had so much potential and was cool before the superhero craze was cool but now it looks likes its going to be overshadowed by the X-men and lost to time forever.

Whether thats a good thing or not, each to his/her own.
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1:24PM on 04/26/2014

Apocalypse

I've said this before and received a lot of thumbs down for it, but when I saw the Apocalypse announcement I was stoked. Then I saw it was only going to be the First Class cast and I was like wtf?

Personally I don't care about Havok or Banshee or having young Beast as a main character. X-Men is Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Gambit, Beast, Rogue and Jean at the core. And of course you have to have Professor X and Magneto and his crew, but when dealing with Apocalpse do you really want
I've said this before and received a lot of thumbs down for it, but when I saw the Apocalypse announcement I was stoked. Then I saw it was only going to be the First Class cast and I was like wtf?

Personally I don't care about Havok or Banshee or having young Beast as a main character. X-Men is Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Gambit, Beast, Rogue and Jean at the core. And of course you have to have Professor X and Magneto and his crew, but when dealing with Apocalpse do you really want to see Banshee and Havoc and young Beast running around? I don't. Rant over.
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8:00PM on 04/26/2014
Damn straight.
Damn straight.
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11:52AM on 04/26/2014

The Channing Tatum Tv Hour featuring

Gambit!!
Gambit!!
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1:07AM on 04/26/2014

I'm hip to this news

There are some points to consider, however.

1) The series should be set in present day. A period piece or a futuristic setting would affect the budget.

2) The first episode needs to reunite Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, James Marsden as Cyclops, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, Kelsey Grammer as Beast, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman and Ben Foster as Angel. These actors were all in X-Men: The Last Stand but the audience was robbed of having them appear on screen together. We've waited all
There are some points to consider, however.

1) The series should be set in present day. A period piece or a futuristic setting would affect the budget.

2) The first episode needs to reunite Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, James Marsden as Cyclops, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, Kelsey Grammer as Beast, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman and Ben Foster as Angel. These actors were all in X-Men: The Last Stand but the audience was robbed of having them appear on screen together. We've waited all this time to see the original X-Men and with X-Men: Apocalypse reportedly being set in the eighties most of the original X-Men will be too young to appear.

3) The series needs to focus on Magneto, Mystique, Rogue, Kitty, Colossus, Siryn and Sunspot. I don't see Halle Berry or Hugh Jackman reprising Storm and Wolverine for TV. Magneto will have to be recast because Ian McKellen is getting too old. Rebecca Romijn could return as Mystique.

4) Introducing the Shiar makes sense because Professor Xavier and the original X-Men can travel to the Shiar galaxy and Magneto and Mystique can be left in charge of the school.

5) Bishop can be a villain. If this is the post Days of Future Past timeline then everybody has a different history. Omar Epps looks like he'll be a badass Bishop and he would make a good villain. Pyro, Toad, Blink, Warpath, Sabretooth and Psylocke could be his brotherhood. Maggie Q should be Psylocke.

6) There could be cameos. Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry could show up after all. Nightcrawler, Gambit, Banshee, Havok, Jubilee, Madrox, Callisto, Arclight and Juggernaut are all characters from the comics who have already appeared in the movies and could appear on TV.

7) Eventually, the Shiar storyline would be resolved and Professor Xavier and the original X-Men would return to Earth. The series might then have to be cancelled because there would be too many characters and too big a budget.
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7:17AM on 04/26/2014
Movie franchise actors should keep appearing on more movies, but the tv show should be something cheaper, new and fresh, so Id say two words:

New Mutants.

They can easily have Patrick Stewart and James Marsden appearing from time to time, at leat the pilot and the season finale. That would be perfect and great exposure for Marsden's Cyclops, to expand his role a bit more, appart from the next movies.
Movie franchise actors should keep appearing on more movies, but the tv show should be something cheaper, new and fresh, so Id say two words:

New Mutants.

They can easily have Patrick Stewart and James Marsden appearing from time to time, at leat the pilot and the season finale. That would be perfect and great exposure for Marsden's Cyclops, to expand his role a bit more, appart from the next movies.
12:02AM on 04/26/2014
X-Man would work and could easily be used in X-Men Apocalypse.
Wolverine goes solo a lot and Fox already overexposes him.
Gambit would be very cool with his shady past connections to Mr. Sinister and the fact that he's a clone.
Deadpool never works in a team like X-Man.

I would be pretty excited about this is I didn't dislike television shows so much.
X-Man would work and could easily be used in X-Men Apocalypse.
Wolverine goes solo a lot and Fox already overexposes him.
Gambit would be very cool with his shady past connections to Mr. Sinister and the fact that he's a clone.
Deadpool never works in a team like X-Man.

I would be pretty excited about this is I didn't dislike television shows so much.
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9:51PM on 04/25/2014
I've always said if one comic book was going to get made into a tv show, it should be X-Men. However, after this next movie, it's probably time to consider rebooting this franchise. Which is tough for me to say since I love most the movies. But the main characters are mostly dead or played by big stars who won't be part of the show. You could focus on less popular characters, but I think you'd run into a lot of continuity issues. I say start fresh on a network with a budget large enough to
I've always said if one comic book was going to get made into a tv show, it should be X-Men. However, after this next movie, it's probably time to consider rebooting this franchise. Which is tough for me to say since I love most the movies. But the main characters are mostly dead or played by big stars who won't be part of the show. You could focus on less popular characters, but I think you'd run into a lot of continuity issues. I say start fresh on a network with a budget large enough to handle the show, with season 1 having the original team (Cyclopse, Jean, Angel, Beast, and Iceman) and add other X-Men with each season (Wolverine, Storm, Rouge, Nightcrawler, etc.).
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9:43PM on 04/25/2014
Remember how wonderfully Generation X turned out? Granted, it was the 90s.
Remember how wonderfully Generation X turned out? Granted, it was the 90s.
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8:40PM on 04/25/2014
This is getting out of control. The timeline is already screwed up enough as it is.

But it could possibly work for characters like Gambit and Deadpool.
This is getting out of control. The timeline is already screwed up enough as it is.

But it could possibly work for characters like Gambit and Deadpool.
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