X-Men: Days Of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg has revealed that with the X-Men universe being so rich with characters and teams, 20th Century Fox are looking to TV for the answer.
“We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at SHIELD to some extent and what Marvel is doing now with Daredevil and other shows on Netflix, it makes sense to tell some of these stories in TV,” Kinberg told Collider.
“Partly because there’s just not enough screens to do all these characters, and also because the serialised format of comic books is better suited for TV. Because that’s it, every week you come back to the same characters different story, and in comic books every week it’s the same characters, different story.
“I think what [Fox is] seeing now is with the proliferation of new kinds of visual and special effects, there’s a way to make these stories that doesn’t cost $300 million every time you have to make a huge movie.”
The closest the X-Men have previously come to live action TV was Fox’s 1996 Generation X pilot, as well as ABC’s loosely based Mutant X, which was accused by Fox of exploiting the X-Men brand that they had exclusive license to.
If Fox were to go back down this road, it could be an ideal place for them to explore the New Mutants – a team that’s bobbed about in rumourland for a decade or so, but like Generation X would follow a team of trainee X-Men – or X-Factor, an Angel-style team of mutant private investigators.
Obviously the name’s a problem, mind you…
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