Finally answering a long-gestating rumor, Fox is confirming that they are in negotiations to being one of the Marvel franchises it has had success with on the big screen to the small screen.
Fox TV co-chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden told TV Insider that they are indeed planning on bringing the X-Men to TV, joining ABC and Netflix with Marvel-based shows and the CW with their DC-based franchises. They are currently very early on as they need to negotiate for the rights with Marvel (now part of rival Disney), which could lead to some interesting changes. Fox has the rights to films based on the X-Men, but Marvel has to grant the rights for TV use.
Since this is in the very early stages, nothing else has really been set up yet. It likely would be late 2016 at the earliest that any series could air.
X-Philes rejoice! Fox is reported to be considering bringing back the supernatural drama created by Chris Carter and starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson that ran on the network for 9 seasons between 1993-2002. Fox TV Co-Chairman Gary Newman confirmed that they were in talks and were hopeful.
Although what format the return would take (the word “reboot” was used, but that means too many things these days), the talks also related to the recent 24 limited series. In addition, Co-Chairman Dana Walden said they were working on logistics involving Duchovny, Anderson and Carter and windows of availability, so it certainly would seem to involve the return of the primary characters if they can pull off a schedule that works; Anderson is currently involved with Hannibal, which makes working on a full series difficult, and thus a more limited series seems likely.
Fox, which has been working on a TV Adaptation of the 2002 Tom Cruise sci-fi movie Minority Report, loosely based on a Philip K. Dick short story, since September, and now they’ve agreed to a pilot commitment, according to TVLine.
The story is about the “PreCrime” department, which stops crimes before they happen through the use of “Precogs”, people with the ability to see visions of the future. The TV adaptation will reportedly follow one of the three Precogs as attempts to lead a normal life despite the constant intrusion of visions.
No casting has taken place yet. West Wing and Franklin & Bash producer Kevin Falls will be executive producer and showrunner; Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein will write and also executive produce.
Warner Bros TV are teaming up with Jerry Bruckheimer to adapt the DC Comics limited series Global Frequency, which has received a pilot commitment from Fox. Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape, Defiance) will pen the script.
Global Frequency was a limited series comic from Warren Ellis about an underground organization led by a former intelligence agent who calls herself Miranda Zero, who connects with a thousand members of the Global Frequency, chosen for their varied specialties, via specially modified phones to deal with any number of different crises. Although existence of the organization is known it’s members are not, even to each other, until they are called in for a particular case. The only constant characters are Zero and her dispatch coordinator, named Aleph.
This will actually be WBTV’s third attempt at a series for the title. in 2005 a Mark Burnett-led pilot starring Michelle Forbes (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Killing) as Zero and Aimee Garcia (Dexter) as Aleph, along with Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town), and looked promising (J. Michael Straczynski was already lined up to be showrunner) but ultimately was not picked up to series. Another script was floated for the CW several years ago but a pilot was never commissioned.
Remakes are still the buzzword in Hollywood…Deadline reports that Fox wants a series remake of the 1981 ABC series The Greatest American Hero, giving a put pilot commitment to the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who successfully remade another TV show into a movie franchise with 21 Jump Street.
The two will work with Tawnia McKiernan (daughter of the late Stephen J. Cannell, who created the show) as executive producers, and the pilot will be written by Rodney Rothman who will also executive produce.
The show was about a liberal high school teacher who stumbles upon an suit of alien origin that gives the wearer super powers, but he soon loses the instruction manual and struggles to be a superhero while also teaching, and working with his right-wing federal agent handler. The original starred William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley and Robert Culp as FBI agent Bill Maxwell. The remake will reportedly place the teacher in the inner city, and is named Isaac.
Anna Fricke, who with her husband Jeremy Carver adapted the British Being Human for North American audiences and was showrunner for entire run which ends in a couple weeks, will now take over Fox’s straight-to-series project Hieroglyph, while also developing new projects for 20th TV. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, it follows Ambrose (Max Brown, Beauty And The Beast), a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie, Hercules). Also starring in the show is John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings).
If you were looking forward to the premiere of the new Fox human-android-cop-partners drama Almost Human starring Karl Urban (Star Trek), you’re going to have to wait a couple more weeks. Fox has decided to push back the premiere from November 4th to November 17th, to take advantage of a football double-header as a lead in. A second episode would air on the following night.
The show may not be SF, but it does star – and will star – a favored actor.
ITV’s recent police drama Broadchurch (shown in the U.S. on BBC America), which starred Doctor Who‘s David Tennant and was about a police investigation into the death of a young boy that rocks a small beachside town, is going to get it’s own U.S. version done by Fox…and it will star David Tennant!
Tennant will be an American detective this time (with accent), and the show will be set in an American beachside town, with the same basic premise, but I’m going to guess the ending will be different. Original creator Chris Chibnall (who has also written for Doctor Who and Torchwood, and produced the latter) will executive produce. Filming will begin in January for the 2014-2015 TV season. No details if this will be a mini-series or stretched for an entire season.
The characters from Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s series League of Extraordinary Gentleman seem likely to take an adventure on to your TV screens.
The comic series, which features Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, the Invisible Man and Dr. Jekyll, among others, going on adventures in the Victoria era (and later) battling evil, has received a put pilot commitment from Fox. Michael Green (Everwood, Heroes) will serve as showrunner for 20th Century Fox TV, alongside Erwin Stoff (Water for Elephants). Moore is reportedly not involved.
20th Century Fox released a film adaptation in 2003, starring Sean Connery, which garnered a cult following.
The “put pilot” commitment means that Fox basically guarantees that the pilot will be shown, whether or not it is picked up for series, or pay a substantial penalty.
Not a lot of details yet, but reports are out this evening that Fox has picked up an unnamed pilot from J.J. Abrams, described as a “near-future action-packed buddy cop show”, in which the LAPD police are teamed up with “highly evolved human-like androids”. J.H. Wyman (Fringe) will write and executive produce with Abrams and Bryan Burk.
For some reason, my mind instantly turned to the Tekwar movies/series, which had human-like androids (derogatorily called “mechs”) working for the police. And does anyone remember Holmes and Yo-Yo?