Remember the old joke about how you wait for a bus then two turn up at once? Yeah, well, that…
We reported recently that there was an X-Men TV series in the works at FOX (here), but there was actually two.
Yes, FX Networks has ordered a pilot called Legion, while FOX is working on an action-adventure series called Hellfire.
Here’s what we know: Legion will be about David Haller. Diagnosed Schizopnrenic as a teenager, Haller hears voices and believes they may be of real people… which is entirely possible because, in the comics at least, he’s the son of Professor X himself, Charles Xavier.
In the comics Haller’s various personalities merged to become all-powerful and unleashed Apocalypse… it will be interesting to see if he ties into the new movie.
Noah Hawley (“Fargo,” “Bones”) will write the Legion 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.
Hellfire, will be set in the late 1960s and will follow a special agent investigating a mysteriously powerful woman and the secret group who’s involved with… The Hellfire Club. Fans of X-Men: First Class will probably remember The Hellfire Club’s appearance in that story.s.
“We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology that has captivated fans for years,” says David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“These powerful and dynamic characters are complicated and larger-than-life, the pace and visual imagination are unrelenting, and the story takes place during one of the most explosive eras in recent history. We are so looking forward to working with this incredibly talented team.”
“‘Hellfire’ is a unique opportunity to be able to go deeper with some of these extraordinary characters, but to also dramatize new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about,” adds Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television. “The action at the center of ‘Hellfire’ will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too!”
Hellfire is a co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television. Evan Katz (“24: Live Another Day”), Manny Coto (“24″), Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) and JD Payne (Star Trek Beyond) are co-creators. McKay and Payne will write the pilot script, based on a story by Katz, Coto, McKay and Payne. Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will also executive-produce Hellfire, alongside Katz and Coto, who will serve as showrunners.
Frankly, if the series can even come close to mirroring the quality of the movies (well, maybe not X3), then we should be in for a real treat. These are two parts of the X-Men universe – especially Hellfire – that could work well on TV.
Let us know your thoughts, guys…