UPDATE: Fox chairman Gary Newman confirms to TV Insider that there are talks to bring the X-Men to the small screen. “It’s in negotiations,” he says. “We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.” Zap2it’s original article continues below.
Is it possible there’s a live-action TV series in the works based on the “X-Men” franchise? According to a report from E! Online, there have been ongoing talks to make that very thing a reality on FOX.
What would that mean? For starters, it could very well lead to a Marvel show airing on the same network as a DC series, with “Gotham” airing on FOX. For fans of the “X-Men” franchise though, the possibility of a live-action show gives the chance to put the spotlight on some members of the X-Men family that don’t get enough attention. While it’s possible there could be small crossovers with the movies, as “Agents of SHIELD” does with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, chances are the two mediums would be kept largely separate.
With that in mind, here are Zap2it’s Top 5 picks for which lesser-known mutants should appear on the roster, should the show actually happen.
Jubilation Lee (Jubilee to her friends) was first introduced in the comics in 1989. She then became a breakout hit of the 1990s “X-Men” animated series and one of the characters in the 2001 TV movie “Generation X.” She was also seen in the first three “X-Men” movies, though never got more than a cameo appearance.
The card-throwing Cajun falls into the same category as Jubilee. He appeared in comics a couple of years before gaining a lot of popularity in the “X-Men” animated series. His only movie appearance was in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” with Taylor Kitsch playing him in a small role. Supposedly Channing Tatum may play Gambit in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” but who knows if that’ll actually happen.
She first appeared in an “X-Men” comic two decades ago, but she will be best-remembered for her important role in the “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Given that it’s her only movie appearance, some background would be nice. Plus her power is teleportation, which is pretty incredible.
He’s been all over “X-Men” since his 1991 comic debut. Not only did he pop up in a few episode of the animated series, you will most recently remember Omar Sy playing him in “Days of Future Past.” Bishop is from the future and had the power to absorb any kind of energy and fire it back at someone. That’s a guy you want on your team.
This is less likely, but please just make it happen. Quicksilver was obviously the best part of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” even if he did disappear too early. Seeing as Evan Peters, who plays him in the movie, stars on FX’s “American Horror Story,” he probably won’t be able to reprise the role weekly. Both FX and FOX are owned by the same company though, so perhaps he could still appear now and then.