X-MEN: FIRST CLASS TV Rights Bought by Marvel Movie Favorite FX
Published: June 8, 2011 - 5:24am
The recently released film took in over $118 million on it's worldwide opening weekend; once it leaves theaters it will join the previous four X-Men films on FX for television airing.
X-Men First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.
The FX channel has snagged the TV airing rights X-Men: First Class less than one week after it's theatrical release. The network, a subsidiary of Fox and it's parent company News Corp, also has the rights to the Spiderman, Fantastic Four and X-Men film franchises. Through a deal with Marvel they will also be the first to air Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger on cable television.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, Zoe Kravitz, Bill Bilner. X-Men: First Class opened in theaters on June 3rd, 2011.