FOX is looking to get all that it can out of their Marvel licenses, despite their tenuous relationship with the Publisher. Several months back, Simon Kinberg had even mentioned that something was in the planning stage over at FOX:
“We’re still in this place of figuring out what the future of the franchise will be, but when you look at S.H.I.E.L.D. 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 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. 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.”
Here’s the challenge. FOX doesn’t have the TV rights to the X-Men, just the film rights. And, with Marvel gleefully stomping on whatever FOX related projects they can, it might not be exactly a done deal. Here’s what Fox Entertainment Chairmen Gary Newman told TVline about the negotiations:
“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.”