Word first hit back in January that Fox was negotiating with Marvel for a live-action X-Men series.
Now we get an update from the Television Critics Association press tour as THR caught up woth Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden.
“[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,” Walden offered.
As was previously mentioned, the potential live-action X-Men series is currently being written by the Star Trek Beyond writing team of Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne; 24‘s Evan Katz and Manny Coto will serve as showrunners.
While Fox does own the movie rights to X-Men, Marvel and Disney would need to sign off on the deal for an X-Men TV series, with Walden noting the characters featured in the live-action X-Men series would be the characters exclusive to Fox.
“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,” Walden said. “This will be exclusively the franchise as it has existed at Fox.”
It’s further reported that Walden said their intent is for the X-Men series to be “long-running,” and not short term.