The X-Men universe is expanding to TV this year, as Legion debuts on FX this week, and with Fox recently ordering an untitled X-Men show to pilot. Bryan Singer, who helmed several of the X-Men movies, including the first movie in the franchise back in 2000, will be directing the pilot for the network. We are still waiting for an official title and some more solid details on the series, but it looks like Fox is ready to get things going, because a new report claims Fox's mutant TV show will be going into production next month.
According to My Entertainment World, the untitled X-Men show is going to be starting production on March 13 in Dallas, Texas. The report also revealed that the show is currently using the working title Heaven. Since Fox has yet to release an a ton of information for the show, that doesn't tell us much, but it is potentially exciting to think that the new Untited Fox Marvel X-Men TV Show will be getting cameras rolling in a little over a month. Bryan Singer was already serving as an Executive Producer on the show before Fox decided to hire him to direct the pilot. He certainly knows the cinematic X-Men universe better than anyone else and has made Fox quite a bit of money over the years, so it makes sense. Here is what he had to say about the series in a recent interview with Mashable.
"I'll tell you, it's very different from [Legion], visually, and yet it's very different from the X-Men films as well. It's mostly about a family. It's a family drama. There'll be effects, powers, and things like that. But at its heart, it's about a family. It's an emotional story. [...] It's another standalone. That's our design. We developed it together - not together, but like at the same time. The only reason I was able to direct it was because the movie I want to make next, I'm not going to be able to make until September, so it gave me four months, and I suddenly said, 'Why don't I take the helm?'"
While it still isn't clear exactly how this new X-Men series fits into the overall timeline established in the X-Men movie universe, we do know that it will focus a little more on the human side of things. The story is said to revolve around two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. It is unclear how X-Men is going to translate to the small screen, but it will certainly be interesting and new to see a story in that universe told from that perspective.
There is no word yet on casting for the show, but if production really is going to begin next month, we should be hearing quite a bit more in the coming weeks. Fox has yet to order the new X-Men show to series, but they are committed at least to the pilot at this point. Assuming that goes well, they will likely put in a series order. Perhaps the success or failure of Legion in the coming weeks will help inform their decision, but early buzz has been very positive. We will be sure to keep you up to date as more information on the untitled X-Men series becomes available.