Fox CEO, Dana Walden, yesterday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, revealed that the network was in negotiations with Marvel for an X-Men live-action series, which they hope will be a long-running one.
“[For] X-Men, we’re in negotiations with Marvel. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to announce something soon. We’re not closed on a deal yet but it’s something we’re definitely pursuing.”
THR is reporting however that the deal is far from being closed, because Marvel still has to sign off on the deal. Now, that’s where the problem lies. Even though the film rights now belong to 20th Century Fox (a counterpart of Fox), any attempt to bring the franchise to the small screen would have to see Marvel sign off on it. As it happens, Marvel is based at Disney, which through ABC, also has interests in the small screen adaptations of our favourite superheroes (they already have Agents of Shield and Agent Carter, and have five others in the works).
Addressing the potential conflict of interest for Marvel, Walden said, “The characters from the X-Men franchise are with Fox on the feature side so we won’t be including Marvel characters that are at ABC with Disney. This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.”
Earlier reports have it that if a deal is finally struck, Star Trek 3 duo Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne will pen the series, while 24’s Evan Katz and Manny Coto, who will serve as showrunners.
Fox also revealed that plans were underway for a Prison Break event series sequel, with original stars, Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell returning to the show. The series will pick up the characters several years after we left them in the last season of the show.
I’m personally not too excited about the prospect, but then again, that’s just me. It would be interesting however how they explain Michael’s resurrection.
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