Though Hugh Jackman’s time is coming to an end with his appearance as fan-favorite comic book character Wolverine in upcoming movie Logan, it seems the X-Men franchise is poised to move on swiftly and dominate the small screen. Noah Hawley’s new series Legion is coming to FX in just a couple of days, telling the story of David Haller; a man who has been in various psychiatric hospitals due to his mental state, but soon realizes there could be a lot more to his mental illness. Alongside that, another X-Men television series is in the works with the pilot episode scheduled to be directed by none other than veteran X-Men director, Bryan Singer.
Created by Matt Nix and taking place in the same universe as the modern-day X-Men movies, there’s a huge range of possibilities and paths that this new show could tread down. So far, little is known about exactly what plot the show will be taking on, but the Sentinels will be a part of proceedings following their appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now though new information about first day of filming has been revealed, which means that pictures straight from the TV show’s set could be right around the corner.
According to My Entertainment World (h/t Omega Underground), the new X-Men TV series (with the working title Heaven) will begin filming on March 13 of this year, in Dallas, Texas. While it’s still in the early stages and the filming date set is simply for a pilot episode, it’s all but officially confirmed that the TV series will get the go ahead to film an entire first season.
The filming date comes after Nix described the TV show as one that “definitely comes at the world of mutants from the side.” He’s teased that the show “contains some characters that fans will be excited about”, but refused to offer up any names or specific details about exactly who those recognizable faces may be.
It’s comforting to know that the show hasn’t yet filmed, as the events of Legion (which may or may not be linked to the larger X-Men universe, down the line) could work in pushing storylines and events of the untitled upcoming series in a different way to the ones they would have originally gone in. Allowing such room for expansion and change means that the show’s creators could work in unison and bring one of the most cohesive experiences for fans of the franchise to the screen to-date.
Of course, with every new addition to the X-Men series comes the risk that it could tarnish the legacy that has already been laid out. Television shows never have a budget even close to such huge Hollywood blockbusters, so the writing and acting is going to have to be stellar to maintain that level of intensity and infectiousness amongst fans that they have seen in the past.
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