In the latest bit of news about comics coming to the small screen, Fox confirms they are in talks to produce a live-action X-Men TV show. It has been known as a possibility for the past few months, but Fox co-chair Gary Newman openly confirmed it for the first time earlier today.
The biggest potential roadblock to the show getting officially green-lit is that in order to produce the show, Fox needs Marvel’s permission. While Fox retains the film rights to the X-Men franchise, a TV show would have to go through Marvel, since they retain the rights to the actual comics.
Marvel is currently under the umbrella of competing entertainment giant, Disney. However, Newman remains confident that a deal can be met between the two sides.
“It’s in negotiations,” Newman said. “We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.”
If the deal can be completed, then it becomes a huge addition to the comic book landscape in popular media. Having already proven itself as a top competitor in any given box office weekend, live-action comic-based programming has become a staple on television as well.
While there is no official creative direction yet, there are rumors that the show could focus on the X-Factor team. This makes sense considering that this would be a fresh take on the current franchise and it could introduce new, smaller names without dwelling on the difference in star power from the films.
If the project does get the go-ahead, it will join an already impressive list of ongoing and upcoming TV shows based in the comic realm. It would join DC’s Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Gotham and the upcoming Supergirl, as well as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and its upcoming Netflix series for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, which lead up to The Defenders.