REPORT: Fox Closing In On Live-Action "X-Men" Series

The Hollywood Reporter has learned during the Television Critics Association press tour that Fox is currently closing in on a deal to bring the X-Men to television in a live-action series.

"[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," said Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden.

THR's article notes that Fox hopes to announce something soon, with Weldon adding that the intention is to do a "long-running" series with the franchise and not a limited engagement like the upcoming "Prison Break" and "X-Files" series. The potential series has "Star Trek Beyond" screenwriters Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne attached, as well as "24's" Evan Katz and Manny Coto, who will act as showrunners on the proposed series.

While Fox's big screen counterpart 20th Century Fox owns the film rights for Marvel's X-Men characters, the report states that the TV studio has to negotiate with Marvel in order to use the characters on television. The rights for the characters when it comes to TV is not as cut and dry as film; many X-Men characters, like Wolverine and Deadpool, have appeared on Marvel's currently-airing cartoons, for example.

"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," clarified Walden. "This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox."

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