by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Hot on the heels of FOX talking about bringing back The X-Files and rumors of 24 being pitched for another round, The Hollywood Reporter has sources stating that the studio is looking to bring the X-Men to TV in a new live action series.
Star Trek 3 writing duo Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne will pen the series with 24 producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto being involved in some way. All four would share a “created by” credit if this sees the light of day.
That’s where we hit a snag. Even though FOX counterpart, movie studio 20th Century Fox, owns the rights for the movies (which just recently hit an upswing with The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past), Marvel Comics would still need to sign off on any deal that brings the mutants to television.
Marvel could, out of spite, not sign off on this. Disney, Marvel’s parent company, could use this as leverage to somehow get FOX to release rights to another franchise that they’d like to use (Fantastic Four, perhaps?). This could go a number of different ways.
I, for one, hope it doesn’t turn out like past “mutant” shows where we get the C- and D-list teams, characters no one’s ever heard about but that the studio hopes fans will tune in to see because it has “X-” or “Mutant” in the title.
They could do something akin to the newer “New Mutants” comic that came out by Nunzio DeFillipis and Christina Weir in 2003. It would take a newer set of recruits to the Xavier School, so it’s mutants the casual fan hasn’t seen yet, but you could still have cameos by some of the bigger names, like Patrick Stewart and Famke Jansen. Hell, Daniel Cudmore, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore would be perfect as the core group of teachers showing the next generation of gifted students how to use ther powers.
However this goes, until I see a cast list or hear some kind of storyline for the first season, I’ll keep this one at low expectations for now.
Does this news get you a little excited, now that they’ve “revamped” the X-Men franchise? Or does it sound like more of the same old we used to get back when the X-men were at their zenith in popularity? Let us know in the comments!