Fox Developing X-Men TV Series: What/Who Should It Be About?

X-Men TV Series Fox

X-Factor may be a part of Fox’s future, minus any singing and plus lotsa mutants.

Fox entertainment chairman Gary Newman confirms for TV Insider (aka TV Guide Magazine‘s new website) that the network is developing an X-Men TV series — no easy feat, given that while 20th Century Fox has film rights to the specially abled characters, any live-action TV project requires the blessing of Marvel, which is based out of ABC parent Disney.

“We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them,” Newman told the site, noting that any possible X-Men show “will not be on a fast track creatively.” Rather, it’d bow during the 2016-17 TV season at earliest.

Because of the delicate particulars involved, “This is just the deal,” Newman noted. “[N]ow we have to find the creative.”

How would you bring live-action X-Men to the small screen?



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  1. RULER W/ A SPEAR says:

    NO F in way. Marvel/Marvel Studios/Disney should say hell naw.

    • Misscar says:

      The problem is Disney/Marvel don’t own the rights for these characters anymore in film or apparently TV and as long as Fox keeps using the characters they retain rights. A TV show with lower level characters would be a great way to guarantee those rights for a long time to come from the Fox perspective, if it’s popular. From Disney’s perspective there probably going over those contracts with a fine tooth comb to see if they can do anything about this.

      • David4 says:

        Did you actually read the article at all? Fox owns the rights in FILM but not TV, that’s what this whole article talks about.

        • Temperance says:

          X-Factor is a specific group of mutant teens – not major characters that would really appear in other X-men series (with the possibility lf Jubilee), who was in the first movie in a non-speaking role, and then in the second with a line or two. The specifics would probably revolve around limiting continuing rights – Marvel is not happy that FOX has (and will likely keep for as long as possible) the lucrative X-Men movie rights. As long as the keep making movies, they get to keep the rights. I think Marvel would want to limit the use of X-Factor to a single TV series this time.

          • Anonymurph says:

            X-Factor is not a specific group of mutant teens.
            Pretty sure you’re thinking of Generation X.

          • Temperance says:

            Yes, it is, though (as I noted), there have been different teams. Wiki it for the actual info before correcting someone that knows better and actually read them. That said, the much more recent GenX would be my MUCH preferred team! The characters are so much more interesting – and they haven’t been used elsewhere so the rights issues would be minimal.

          • Rex Mundi says:

            Temperance, there’s no need to be rude, especially because you are 100% wrong. No X-Factor team has ever been comprised of teens, and Jubilee has never been a part of it.

            X-Factor has either been a government-sponsored team of mutants, or a group of mutant private investigators. No teens…

      • Rowl says:

        Yeah, what they should do is require Fox to give up the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four in Film for them to be able to do the TV series. It’d be even better if they could also get Fox to give up Spider-Man movie rights while they’re at it.

    • dude says:

      Why does everyone feel like Marvel is the victim in all this? They were stupid enough to sell the film rights without having any foresight to the future. Fox should just be expected to relinquish a proven brand because Marvel asks real nice?

  2. jmble says:

    How long before every show on tv is based on a comic book? Don’t get me wrong, it’s right in my wheel house, I’m just asking.

    • Luis says:

      It is a growing concern that with CGI tech so prevalent that hero/fantasy shows could start proliferating. Hopefully the trend will work itself out sooner rather than later

    • derek117 says:

      It’s the herd mentality that rules in show biz. Everybody runs to copy the latest success formula. Comic books are particularly attractive because not only do they provide a proven “brand” but they also provide ready-made “scripts” or storylines. So, you don’t need the most creative writers or directors–just people who can take someone else’s work and translate it from drawings to live action.

      Count the money all the way to the bank!

  3. Hammers says:

    I really hope it doesn’t involve the obvious ones. They should go with some of their underused characters, like Gambit or Psylocke. If they want to hold down special fx costs, Cipher’s powers would work well in a live action show.

    • Temperance says:

      X-Factor is a specific team of teenagers (and a few adults). The oldest version was Angel, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, and Iceman, but this is supposedly the later incarnation that includes Shatterstar, Rictor, Skids, Leech, Boom Boom, Firefist, and Artie Maddicks. There is a third version of adult characters that would make a decent spy series, but I doubt that FOX will go there.

      • Anonymurph says:

        Shatterstar wasn’t a member of that team. He joined up much later.

        ….and the Jamie Madrox detective agency version of X-factor would make an interesting series. For the most part, their powers would be very TV-budget friendly too.

  4. James says:

    They need to do Millar’s Ultimate X-Men run, word for word.

  5. Cousin O'yaya says:

    YESYESYESYESYESYESYES OMG this makes me feel better about them casting that light skinned girl as storm(no offense to light skinned people)…… but yeah that fact that THEY are saying not Gonna be for a while if at all makes me think it will be even later.

  6. Jake says:

    I agree. I would love to see Emma Frost involved as long as she is not portrayed by friggin January “I cannot act” Jones.

  7. Tran says:

    X-Men TV series on Fox? That’s something.

  8. Tony Lang says:

    “Now that we’ve taken a giant sh*t over Batman, what else can we turn into vomit-inducing dregde?” “Well sir, X-Men movies are doing good!” “Perfect, bring me the head of Darth Magneto!” “er… sir, wrong franchise…” “We’ll destroy THAT one too, rest assured!”

  9. Tony Lang says:

    Why can’t Fox destroy something that’s already aweful for once??? How ’bout Twilight, that cr*p couldn’t get worse anyway!

  10. Drew says:

    I really don’t see it working out. Marvel wants probably wants those characters back more than they’d like to give Fox more control over them. Even if they did want an X-Men series, they’d probably not want to see it on Fox (especially if it’s a bigger hit than AoS on their own network). It’s unlikely that any of the big names would be involved even if it did happen. I’m not going to hold my breath for this one. Even if it did happen, I’m not a huge fan of the movies anyway, so if it is a part of that universe, I don’t know how interested I would be in the show.
    It could be smart for Marvel to spread out over more networks like DC is doing, but it would require them to produce shows of higher quality than AoS.

    • lizo says:

      I agree. It would be smart for Marvel to work on bringing all their properties back under their own house. The idea of an XMen show is great…and so it’ll probably air on ABC or Netflix. Doesn’t make sense to give it to another network. They already can’t integrate the characters into the larger MCU because of the film rights, so selling off more of them would be shortsighted.

  11. Philip says:

    I am soooooo afraid! Fox has a really bad record! IMO it should start with the original 5 x-men and expand from there.

    Let’s wait and see…

    Does anyone know till when Fox owns the X-men and the F4?

    • David4 says:

      Until Fox decides not to make anymore movies is what the deal seems to be.

      • Patrick says:

        I don’t know the particulars of the deal, but most of these deals have clauses wherein the rights revert to the original owner IF the purchaser doesn’t use the property within a set amt of time. ie If Fox goes too long without making a movie using the characters is “purchased” (Leased is a better word) then the rights revert back to Marvel/Disney.
        That’s why Fox fast tracked the X-Men and FF reboots/sequels. If they didn’t make those movies, the rights would have reverted back to Marvel. Who is now Disney, their hated rival. If X men and FF reverted back to Marvel, Disney would be in position to make 3 blockbusters a year, totally dominating the summer Blockbuster season. Fox would rather break even on these properties than allow Disney to maybe start cranking out huge hits.

  12. Pat says:

    Only way Disney/Marvel should say yes is if Fox let’s them use Wolverine in the Avengers.

  13. Riana says:

    I guess what they need to determine is the ages of the characters. Wolverine and Professor X have to be adults, but the others could be teen or adult.

  14. dude says:

    Doubt any of the major characters would be involved. No way would they let Wolverine’s brand be weakened by a lesser television version.

  15. Marco says:

    As long as it isn’t Wolverine. That’s one overplayed character.

  16. Julia says:

    Meh…I think they should leave it alone. Can we get some more family/character driven dramas instead of more comic books please?

    • Temperance says:

      Why? There are about a hundred already. Maybe they should considering doing a better job with those first, because most are unwatchable.

  17. Sam says:

    I think that if they were to do this type of project, it would need to be something like X-Factor Investigations or X-Force.

  18. mac says:

    well then, here’s my pitch:

    Series style:

    22 episodes, all presented in 3-4 episode long arcs focusing on one enemy each. Meaning 22 episodes divided up into 6 storylines. The show would follow the core X team consisting of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Iceman, Rogue, Collosus and Warpath. Bigger stars could be tied down for shorter 4 episode arcs paired up as a PR deal for their upcoming X-Movies.
    Guided by Professor X they take on enemies like Sabretooth (played in a 4 episode arc by Liev Schreiber and also bringing in Hugh Jackman for one episode as part of his PR deal for the next Wolverine flick), Magneto (Ian McKellan surely would be down to do this), Mr. Sinister, Shadow King and others.
    The 4 episode arc system could save writing time. Also shooting time for the likes of McKellan and Stewart could be reduced be reducing the characters to a few locations and preshooting their scenes

    Regular Cast:

    – James Marsden
    – Famke Janssen
    – Anna Paquin
    – Shawn Ashmore
    – Daniel Cudmore
    – Rebecca Romijn
    – January Jones
    – Adan Canto
    – and Patrick Stewart

    (all actors that wouldn’t shy away from a TV stint and have done regular roles on television in the past, also it’s worth noting that this tying in with the X-franchise on the bigscreen would give actors some solid security)

  19. Gary says:

    IF they are going to do this, I would go with the New Mutants. That way you could focus on the school aspect (fewer sets = less expensive). Also, could feature the Hellions (from the Hellfire Club) as their rivals. Big problem I see is the high school-aged focus could lead it towards some really crappy love-triangle plots.

  20. Richard says:

    Don’t care what studio/network develops the show. Just get it on the air And give it a chance not just two episodes and cancel it.

  21. Bill says:

    They should do X-Force or X-Factor. That’d be cool. Long as it’s better than that Generation X try from a decade ago

  22. lizo says:

    Great idea! I’m sure it’ll debut in November, be aired out of order, and then swiftly cancelled cause that’s all FOX knows how to do with scifi.

  23. jose says:

    dats prettycool.. yeee haaa i wud lv dat 2 happen

  24. Ram510 says:

    I love X-Men but I don’t want to see a show on Fox unless it’s animated. Actually it would be awesome to finally have a superhero franchise on cable or HBO. Anyhow X-Men should just stick to the movies and animated series for now

  25. Danielle H. says:

    BEST NEWS EVER>.. Xmen is a huge fav, and I’m dying to get a weekly dose!!!

  26. Joey Padron says:

    X-Men show would be great. Can’t wait to see which characters and storylines they’ll do for the show.

  27. Anonymurph says:

    After the inevitable bomb that is the Fantastic Four reboot….Fox may be willing to negotiate a bit to get the green light for their TV series.

    I can see Marvel signing off on this, if they get something they want out of it.

    The Madrox version of X-Factor would fit pretty well on Fox too.
    Not any excessively flashy mutant powers to require a ridiculous special effects budget.
    The comic was originally inspired by Fox’s The X-Files anyway…

  28. Heidi says:

    Because Fox has such a great track record with Sci-Fi…

    • m3rcnate says:

      I’d hate them with a pure fury if they didnt do me/us right with Fringe…they stuck behind that show through thick and thin (usually thin) and gave us a final fifth season in which was one of the best final seasons of TV i have ever seen. Never before has a season of 13 episodes been more jam packed with amazing story and character development and emotion and tension and love and everything that is amazing. The ending was really great too…so i always cut Fox a tiny bit of slack since then. (Though they cut that slack in half when they cancelled Almost Human).

  29. m3rcnate says:

    My problems with this:

    1) Whats their budget? The X-Men series requires a bunch of CGI. I cant really think of a interesting/fun/cool X-Men series that doesnt involve lasers, teleportation, storms, claws, turning into metal, etc. Then theres the fight sequences…theres no such thing as a small X-Men fight…they either look like they do in the X-Men movies or they are wrong.

    2) Casting/Charters: So are we going to get all brand new actors/actresses to be Prof X/Cyclops/Wolverine/Storm/etc? Is this going to confuse people in relation with the X-Men movies?

    3) Stories: The only route I can see them realistically going is the same route the animated show “X-men Evolution” went…which is having the X-Men be College aged (with the newer X-men be HS aged) and so the show did/can utilize HS/College stories/plots along with classic X-men stories/plots. It allows you to have the characters all have something in common, they all go to school, they hang out together at the school, they deal with typical (and a-typical) HS/College stuff, it was a really good device in the Evolution series.

    4) Network TV: I’ve said for a long time, if you want the worst writing, the highest odds of cancellation and the least creative story telling….watch a show thats on Network TV. Network TV is full of all the of the tropes imaginable, all of the melodrama and drama just for drama’s sake. Fox also has a horrible history with cancelling shows way too soon or the minute they see they aren’t getting the ratings they want.

    Overall there is WAY more to be scared about regarding this idea for a X-men live action TV series than there is to be excited about. I mean what are the odds they dont mess up (big enough to be annoying/a distraction) the casting of one of the X-men? They could cast every one really good but then on…Wolverine us be like “WHAT?! Hes HORRIBLE as Wolverine!!”.

    If it happens, i hope it goes great, i hope they have home-run casting, i hope they decide on a great story arc for the overall series, i hope they plan it out (like Arrow did) a few seasons or the whole series, i hope they make a great show…but honestly? I doubt it.

  30. Dj says:

    I would be surprised if marvel gave their blessing. To say the the top people at marvel really aren’t fans of 20th Century Fox would be an understatement. If this happens then that means 20th Century Fox would have to redo their deal with marvel.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      I find it interesting that Fox would then have both a DC and a Marvel property on their schedule. Would they be allowed to air them on the same night? Inneressin’.

  31. Dj says:

    There are 3 x-men movie coming out in 2016 Fox really wants to bank on the movie buzz.

  32. JC says:

    The X Men movies are so horrible. I doubt a TV series would be much better.

  33. kmw says:

    I am not a fan of comic book shows, so I think this is a bad idea. However even if FOX manages to get show approval from Marvel this wont see the light until 2016-2017 season. Given the track record of FOX on things like this(the exception being Gotham), it probably will not last long

  34. Ella says:

    Let DC have television, Marvel. Enough with the superhero shows, these stories work much better in big budget movies.

  35. Carlo says:

    Would be nice to focus on a character or an X-group per season. Just like the American Horror Story format.

  36. Briggs says:

    I don’t know. The Gen X movie in 1996 was supposed to be the lead-in to a series, which never actually happened. I don’t know how they’d do it, and this could be yet another disaster. I loved the animated X-Ment series, though. The newer version to a lesser extent, though it had it’s place.

  37. Sheldon W. says:

    My first response to this news was, didn’t FOX make that really hideous (so bad it was kinda good) Generation X TV movie? (Lori Loughlin made a pretty hot Emma Frost, IIRC.)

    My second response was, just NO!

    • Briggs says:

      That wasn’t Lori Loughlin, that was Finola Hughes. I was watching both Full House (Lori) and Blossom (Finola) at the time, so I could tell the difference. :) But yes, Finola did pretty well, despite the script (oh, the script…).

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  39. Daniel says:

    I would just make the series take place after Wolverine woke up in 2023 and take it from there.