Rumor: Live-Action 'X-Men' TV Series in Development

The Future of the X-Men Movie Franchise

The past 15 years have been very good for superheroes. Between X-Men, Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, films based on comic book characters saving the world have steadily taken over the box office. And with the rise of the genre on TV thanks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., GothamArrow, The Flash and Constantine, it seems they're poised to take over the small screen, too.

In fact, about a month ago, there was a rumor floating around that a Supergirl TV show was in development. While the original report from Bleeding Cool ended up containing some errors, mainly about who would actually be producing the project, the news from their anonymous source turned out to be true. Now that site is at it again with a rumor about another important superhero series in development.

According to Bleeding Cool, courtesy of the same anonymous Hollywood source, 20th Century Fox is currently in "deep development" on a live-action X-Men TV series. Their site provides no other details, besides the fact the project is apparently quickly gaining interest. But Shawn Madden of took to Twitter today and added a bit more fuel to the fire:

Okay, since the cat's out of the bag...Fox is developing a TV show based on Peter David's 'X-Factor.' The X-Factor series will definitely feature Jamie Madrox and be sort of like "'Fringe' in the 'X-Men' world". I'm going to be the first to label what I stated earlier as a rumor and will be first to admit if it's wrong. Fingers crossed it's right.

As he said, it's all rumors and hearsay at this point, but if true, it wouldn't be surprising. X-Men: Days of Future Past writer-producer Simon Kinberg spoke earlier this year about the possibility of an X-Men series, saying: "It makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV." 

It also makes even more sense if they are indeed going the X-Factor route. Peter David's X-Factor ran from 2005 to 2013 and followed a detective agency led by Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man). The team investigated everyday cases, but they also tried to uncover a vast conspiracy. The combination of having a case of the week along with an ongoing storyline would be able to keep a TV series from being too mythology driven too soon. Shows on TV that succeed like Fringe are usually ones that can successfully achieve this balance early on.

But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you excited to hear about an X-Men TV series? Would you want to watch one based on X-Factor that is more procedural, at least at first?

We'll keep you up-to-date on the latest news for the X-Men TV series.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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