October 14, 2015
It’s hard to imagine Marvel ever getting the X-Men feature film rights back from FOX, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of the X game entirely. The two companies have just announced a pair of television shows set in the X-Men universe.
The first will be called Legion and has been ordered to pilot by FX Networks. The story will center on David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who has found himself in and out of psychiatric hospitals since he was a teenager. After a strange encounter with a patient at one of these institutions, Haller realizes the voices in his head and the visions he sees might actually be real.
In the comics, Haller is Professor Charles Xavier’s son, an omega-level mutant who merges his split personalities into a being of immense power, inadvertently launching the Age of Apocalypse. The character was a regular in X-Factor comics, and more recently headlined the X-Men: Legacy series.
Fargo and Bones’ Noah Hawley has been hired to pen the pilot as well as executive produce alongside X-Men: Days of Future Past’s Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Simon Kinberg for FOX, and Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory (both from Marvel’s Angets of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil) for Marvel Television, as well as John Cameron (Fargo, The Big Lebowski). FX Productions and Marvel Television will produce, while FXP will manage the actual physical production.