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Legion TV Series Not Set In X-Men Movie Universe

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Sun, 01/17/2016 - 17:13


It's learned the FOX Legion series that is currently in development will not be connected to the movie universe and also won't feature any of the same characters.

FX President John Landgraf spoke at the Television Critics Association revealing new details.

"It's not in the continuity of those films in the sense the current X-Men films take place in a universe in which everybody on planet Earth is aware of the existence of mutants," Landgraf said, reports IGN. "The series Legion takes place in a parallel universe, if you will, in which the US government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn't foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes."

"It’s still in process but I think at the moment they’re all new characters," Landraf revealed. "But I’m not 100% sure that'll be the case by the time it airs."

It's also revealed Legion might be released this year and will be ten episodes set back "a few years in the past" or so.

"We're quite well along. We've had a writing staff working. We've seen not only the pilot but several episodes and we're well in process of casting," Landgraf said. "I would anticipate that Legion would go on the air some time in 2016, this year."

Legion centers on the mutant schizophrenic son of Professor Xavier, David Haller (at least in the comics);  Legion showrunner Noah Hawley previously offered the following about the character.

"What I really like about him is, here's a character who is schizophrenic on some level, a character struggling with mental illness. Is he crazy or does he have these powers? The answer is, kind of both. I'm a big believer that the structure of a story should reflect the content of the story. And so I liked the idea that if you have a character that doesn't know what's real and what's not real, that is also the audience's journey."

Simon Kinberg also compared Legion to Breaking Bad.