According to Bleeding Cool, Fox is already hard at work bringing X-Men to television. No additional details are known at this time, although the site speculates that an announcement could happen as early as this week’s New York Comic-Con.
“The X-Factor series will definitely feature Jamie Madrox and be sort of like ‘Fringe in the X-Men world.'”
How do either of those sound to you?
Outside of animation, the X-Men have been adapted for live action television three time already. Generation X, loosely based on the X-Men comic book series of the same name, was developed as a pilot but a series never moved forward. It aired as a TV movie in 1996. Emma Frost and Banshee are the headmasters of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. They recruit Jubilee and Skin and introduce them to their fellow students; M, Mondo, Buff, and Refrax. The students are learning to cope with their mutant powers, and come into conflict with the “townies” who mock the students. Emma Frost worked previously with a mad scientist named Russel Tresh who felt that he could extract part of mutant’s brains to develop psychic powers, and Russel is back and wants to use Skin’s brain in his experiments.
In 2000, Fox created The Mutant Watch, a TV short to help promote Bryan Singer’s original X-Men. At a US Senate Congressional committee meeting, Senator Kelly addresses the panel about what he sees as “menace” of mutants, people who are born with genetic encoded superpowers, especially that secret militia known as The X-Men. Interspersed with Senator Kelly’s presentation are documentary pieces about the creation of the comic book characters and the creation of the major feature film.
The Mutant X series debuted in 2001 and last three seasons. It revolved around a team of “New Mutants” who possess extraordinary powers as a result of genetic engineering. The members of Mutant X were used as test subjects in a series of covert government experiments. The mission of Mutant X is to seek out and protect their fellow New Mutants. This resulted in some legal battles between 20th Century Fox and Marvel.