Fox Confirms Development of Live-Action X-Men TV Show

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Rumors have been floating around for that past few months about a possible live-action X-Men TV series coming to Fox, but now the studio has confirmed (via TV Insider) that they're actively developing the show. Because of the situation involving the rights to the characters being held at different studios, Fox has to get Marvel's approval before they can put this show into production, but talks have taken place between the two sides.

"It's in negotiations," [Fox entertainment chairman Gary] Newman confirms. "We're cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with [Marvel]. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative."

Sounds like this is still in the very early stages, and rumor has it that even if everything goes smoothly, the show won't be ready until the 2016/2017 TV season. No word yet on whether the show would center on the X-Factor team or another group of mutants altogether, but bringing Xavier's gifted youngsters to the small screen seems like a total home run idea. Superhero TV shows are all the rage right now with Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, The Flash, Agent Carter, and Gotham — just to name a few. It's no surprise that Fox wants to cash in any way they can on one of their most valuable film properties.

THR reports that 24 producers Manny Koto and Evan Katz will be the show's executive producers/showrunners, while the series will be written by Star Trek 3 scribes Patrick McKay and JD Payne, and all four of them will share a "created by" credit if the show moves forward. Looking forward to seeing the X-Men on TV?

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