Marvel & FX Developing X-Men's Legion TV series
Per the official info below, Marvel and FX are developing a new TV series based on the X-Men character Legion, who in the comics is Professor X's estranged son, David Charles Haller, who is an omega-level mutant suffering from a multiple personality disorder.
Interestingly enough, the info makes no mention of Professor X, mutants or the X-Men (possibly because Fox owns the movie rights), though we do see X-Men producers Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg are involved.
This may be a good sign for the live-action Fox X-Men TV series as well, as Marvel would need to sign off on that project.
It may also signify that relations between Fox and Marvel are improved -- following the rumors of eccentric billionaire Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter being at odds with Fox over the Marvel-licensed characters at the studio.
There has also been a rumor of an Avengers/X-Men movie for 2020.
FX Networks has ordered the pilot for Legion, the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.
The pilot introduces the story of David Haller: Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.
Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones) will write the pilot and serve as an Executive Producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Superman Returns), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Martain), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil), Jim Chory (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil) and John Cameron (Fargo, The Big Lebowski).
The pilot for Legion will be produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” Grad said. “His adaption of Fargo for television was one of the most acclaimed television events in recent memory. It’s also an honor to partner with Marvel on Legion and to enlist such an accomplished team of Executive Producers to create this pilot.”
Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the Executive Producers of the Emmy and Golden Globe -winning FX limited series Fargo.