10:27am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'X-Men' Live-Action Series in the Works at Fox
An X-Men TV series could be coming to Fox.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network is having preliminary conversations to adapt the iconic Marvel comic series — and feature film franchise — as a live-action television series with 24 producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto involved.
Fox's potential live-action series is being penned by Star Trek 3 writing duo Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, sources tell THR; they will share a "created by" credit with Katz and Coto, who also will serve as showrunners.
Fox declined to comment on Katz's, Coto's, McKay's and Payne's involvement.
Fox studio counterpart 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the film franchise (with seven features already released based on X-Men characters). While conversations to bring the franchise to the small screen are underway, sources indicate a deal is far from complete, with Marvel — which owns the comic rights — still having to sign off on the deal. The comic book powerhouse is based at Disney, with ABC shows including Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter on the network and five upcoming straight-to-series programs in the works there. Marvel would have to sign off on the deal.
TV Insider first reported the X-Men news.
The potential X-Men series comes as Fox, under television group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman, noted that the network also has had conversations to revive The X-Files with Chris Carter as well as a limited run of Prison Break.
The network currently does not have plans for another run of 24 as a limited series, but has heard a pitch for a potential revival in 2016 — with our without star Kiefer Sutherland.