US network Fox is 'in negotiations' with Marvel to bring the much-loved mutants to the small screen
A new TV series based on Marvel’s X-Men comic book and film franchise is in the works – though in its very early stages.
US network Fox is in discussions with Marvel to turn X-Men into a live-action TV series, the network’s chairman Gary Newman has confirmed following months of speculation online.
“It’s in negotiations,” Newman told TV Insider. “We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. [But it] will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.”
Newman also confirmed that because the project is at such an early stage, it currently has no writer or guiding concept and the potential series would be unlikely to air before the 2016-2017 TV season. Fox previously aired an animated X-Men TV series aimed at younger viewers from 2002-7.
Meanwhile, director Bryan Singer has recently unveiled three new cast members for the next X-Men film, which is titled X-Men: Apocalypse. Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark in the HBO fantasy series – will play Jean Grey; The Tree of Life‘s Tye Sheridan will portray Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp, who starred as Aaliyah in a recent US TV biopic, has been cast as Storm.
They join returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and Evan Peters, as well as Oscar Isaac, who has been cast as Apocalypse, the villain that gives the film its title.
Singer is due to start shooting X-Men: Apocalypse in the spring for a scheduled release date of May 27, 2016. Hugh Jackman has recently hinted that he will be returning as Wolverine, but Patrick Stewart has revealed that he and Ian McKellen won’t be reprising their roles as the older Professor X and Magneto.