It was reported earlier that Fox was planning to adapt “X-Men” franchise from Marvel. The network was going to strike a deal with Marvel and as a part of the deal; the network would adapt the comic series as well as the feature film series. A recent update on the deal has revealed that the negotiations are in the final stage.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox is inching closer to a live action “X-Men” series. Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden stated that they were in negotiations with Marvel to adapt the X-Men series and they are hopeful that they will be able to announce something pretty soon. She also mentioned that they have not closed on a particular deal, however they are pursuing it. It is being said that Dana Walden was at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour when she let the media outlet know about the deal. Patrick McKay along with John D Payne are penning the script for the live action TV series.
Evan Katz and Manny Coto will be serving as the showrunners on the TV series and will be co-creating the series with writer duo. Fox intends to bring the TV series as long running one instead of a limited edition since its counterpart 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the film franchise. 20th Century Fox has already made about seven features starring different characters from the “X-Men” franchise, the latest being “Gambit” that will star Channing Tatum in it. Hopefully Marvel will seal the deal with Fox’s TV division since they own the comic rights. About how the structure of the deal with Marvel is, Dana Walden mentioned that they wouldn’t be including Marvel characters, which are currently at ABC with Disney thus making the franchise exclusive just the way it has existed at Fox. Till the time an official deal is signed, one can just wait and see what the live action series will feature in it.
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