Perhaps encouraged by the success of its current hit TV series “Gotham,” which is set in the world we’ve all come to be familiar with via the Batman movies (although many years before the Dark Knight became the Dark Knight), as well as Disney’s plans to exploit its own Marvel superheroes on the big and small screens, Fox has announced that the network is considering a X-Men live-action TV series.
No deals have been signed yet, but word on the street is that there’s definite interest, with THR adding that “Star Trek 3” writers, Patrick McKay and JD Payne, have been hired to pen the script, with the producers of a previous Fox series, “24,” lined up to produce.
Given how early it is in discussions, there aren’t any details available on potential story (or stories), whether producers will look to existing X-Men comic for inspiration, what specific X-Men characters will be included, etc. My guess is that, the most popular of the X-Men (like those who’ve been appearing in the X-Men movies) likely won’t be starring in the TV series. It could be that Fox may use this as a testing ground for future X-Men character movies. Remember 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to the X-Men characters. Disney’s Marvel purchase doesn’t include the X-Men, so there’s an entire library of X-Men characters for Fox to exploit on screen – at least 5 dozen of them, based on the Marvel Wiki.
Those of you who are X-Men experts, what do you think about an X-Men live-action TV series? What should the focus be in terms of story (maybe there’s a specific comic volume that would make for a good series? And what characters would you like to see?
By the way, the next installment in the film series, “X Men: Apocalypse,” will be out May 27, 2016.
In related news, in case you missed it, Alexandra Shipp has been cast to play Storm (a younger version) in the upcoming movie.