Fox in early talks for live-action 'X-Men' TV series

Fox in early talks for live-action 'X-Men' TV series
From left, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen star in "X2." (Kerry Hayes / Twentieth Century Fox)

"X-Men" could be the next major superhero franchise to head to the small screen.

The Times has confirmed that Fox is in early discussions about the possibility of bringing the comic book mutants to its network as a live-action TV series. However, nothing has been signed and no talent is attached.

The mutant characters have appeared in seven feature films from 20th Century Fox, with an eighth, "X-Men: Apocalypse," due in 2016.

With its decades of twisty continuity spread across dozens of characters and multiple titles, the X-Men characters would be ideal candidates for an ensemble series.

Producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg has been involved with some of the big-screen films and has spoken to the media about his desire to bring the characters to a TV series. However, it's not clear if he or director Bryan Singer would be involved with any series. 

The Fox network currently airs "Gotham," based on characters published by DC Entertainment.

News of growing interest in a live-action "X-Men" TV series was previously reported by the comic book website Bleeding Cool and TV Insider.

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