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Fox execs 'definitely pursuing' live-action X-Men television show

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Fox Television is pursuing negotiations with Marvel Entertainment to bring the X-Men to the small screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

When asked about the potential television series, Fox Television chairwoman and CEO Dana Walden replied "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."

The series would be scripted and created by a team whose lineup includes folks who've worked on 24 and the upcoming sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness. Fox's plan would be to create a long-running series, rather than a miniseries or limited television event.

In order for those efforts to reach your television, however, Marvel Entertainment would have to sign off on the use of the X-Men by 20th Century Fox in television. Marvel still holds the rights to television appearances of certain characters whose movie licenses belong to other companies. One of those characters is Spider-Man, who appeared in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel — both Disney Channel programs — as recently as 2013.

The Hollywood Reporter's unnamed sources indicate that such a deal between Marvel Entertainment and Fox Television Group is far from done.

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