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.
Netflix released their schedule for their Marvel properties which consist of Daredevil, which already had it’s first season and it filming the second. Jessica Jones, which is currently filming and Neflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that Marvel’s Jessica Jones will premiere by the end of 2015, as expected. Luke Cage and Iron Fist are set for later in 2016, although there hasn’t been much movement in the Iron Fist front. All four characters are set to combine together for A Defenders film, which is a smaller take on the much bigger Marvel property, The Avengers. Neflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that Marvel’s Jessica Jones will premiere by the end of 2015, as expected.
Sarando also further laid out the ideal schedule for Marvel’s Defenders group lineup of shows, which is to have a new series or season premiere every six months, pretty much promising we’ll be getting consistent Marvel TV action for years to come.
Disney has just given the thumbs up to a Ducktales reboot which is slated to be released in 2017 on Disney (XD). Apparently all the characters are returning to the series, I’m talking Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack will all be returning to the re-imagined animated series as well!
There isn’t a plot synopsis as of yet but, Disney XD Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager Marc Buhaj remarked that the new series will bring the original show’s “same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”
And now I’m going to implant the older theme song permanently in your heads until the new one is released. You’re welcome!