FOX has been living pretty lavishly off the X-Men Franchise since the first movie debuted near the end of the 90’s and they managed to squeak by into an entire new trilogy of movies when it began to run out of hype by the horrible third film X-Men: The Last Stand.
Now that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has really hit it’s stride in it’s second season and promises to go nuts into the third, CW has pretty much been taken over by DC with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and ABC is about to debut Supergirl this fall so it’s only natural for FOX to look for a way to get their TV comic book goodness in. So of course they want to make an X-Men TV show, the only catch, FOX only owns the rights to the movies, Marvel stills owns the TV rights.
FOX chairman and CEO Dana Walden commented on the negation process.
“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.” She also killed any chance of a crossover with Marvel characters such as Daredevil or the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.” “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,”
The show is being written by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, who wrote Star Trek 3 while Evan Katz and Manny Coto will serve as the show-runners and be credited as its creators.
FOX…when will you learn to play nice? You’re basing your movies on a business model that is rapidly deteriorating. If I was Marvel, I’d work out a deal to be able to use the X-Men characters in Marvel movies in exchange for using the characters for a TV show. If anyone remember the older live action TV shows FOX produced I’m sorry, they were bad, but I’m pretty sure they could actually produce a decent to good series but I wouldn’t be able to trust them by the way they cancel everything so now we’ve found ourselves at an standstill yet again.