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Marvel and Fox will join forces to bring us two new X-Men TV shows

10.14.2015

Earlier this year we heard rumblings that Fox was actively working towards bringing the X-MEN franchise to the small screen, pending the approval of Marvel. Now it has been announced that Fox and Marvel have joined forces for not one, but two, television series based upon the X-MEN universe. Legion and Hellfire will both be executive produced by Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

Legion will introduce us to David Haller, who has struggled with mental illness ever since he was a teenager. "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." The character is based upon the Marvel Comics character Legion, who is the son of Professor Charles Xavier, but whether the show will play on those familial ties is uncertain. Legion will make its home at FX, who has given it a pilot order, and will be written and executive produced by Fargo creator Noah Hawley.

FX's Nick Grad:

Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at, 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.

Hellfire will be set in the 1960's and follow "a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as “The Hellfire Club” – to take over the world." You'll recall that we've already seen a glimpse of The Hellfire Club in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Hellfire has been created by Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Patrick McKay, and JD Payne, with the latter pair writing the pilot script. While Legion has already scored a pilot order, Hellfire is still in the development phase but it should air on Fox if all goes well.

Fox Entertainment president David Madden:

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, 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.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, the next big-screen adventure in the X-MEN franchise, will hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Source: Deadline
Tags: Fox, FX, Hellfire, Legion, TV, X-Men

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12:25PM on 10/15/2015

wasn;t interested, until I read Hawley's name

Very curious to see what he will come up with! Though I am still not completely sold on the idea.
Very curious to see what he will come up with! Though I am still not completely sold on the idea.
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9:21AM on 10/15/2015
I was kinda hoping for a big budget serial with the X-men that we want to see. Not an obscure story line with a bunch of second tear X-men. I know it's a pipe dream, but could you imagine an X-men series on HBO with the budget of GOT. I have always had the thought that the X-men Movie were missing something. It really would work much better as a serial because of all the story there is to tell.
I was kinda hoping for a big budget serial with the X-men that we want to see. Not an obscure story line with a bunch of second tear X-men. I know it's a pipe dream, but could you imagine an X-men series on HBO with the budget of GOT. I have always had the thought that the X-men Movie were missing something. It really would work much better as a serial because of all the story there is to tell.
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8:13AM on 10/15/2015
Superhero TV series are going to become the new CSI/Law and Order/NCIS. Too many similar series covering too little available ground .
Superhero TV series are going to become the new CSI/Law and Order/NCIS. Too many similar series covering too little available ground .
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7:43AM on 10/15/2015
Wasn't Legion Professor X's son too? In any case, those story lines sound interesting enough to work on TV. Keep it small and the story line character driven like Daredevil.
Wasn't Legion Professor X's son too? In any case, those story lines sound interesting enough to work on TV. Keep it small and the story line character driven like Daredevil.
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6:14AM on 10/15/2015
In the comics, David Haller had multiple personalities, not schizophrenia. Either FX's Nick Grad doesn't know the difference or he is doing something different from the comics.
In the comics, David Haller had multiple personalities, not schizophrenia. Either FX's Nick Grad doesn't know the difference or he is doing something different from the comics.
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12:51AM on 10/15/2015
I hope Legion keeps the ridiculous hair.
I hope Legion keeps the ridiculous hair.
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11:55PM on 10/14/2015
Well, I might check out Legion. FX is actually one of the better channels for tv shows, and I feel that will allow for more creative freedom on the show. Not sure about the other show. I couldn't tell you the last time I watched a show on Fox.
Well, I might check out Legion. FX is actually one of the better channels for tv shows, and I feel that will allow for more creative freedom on the show. Not sure about the other show. I couldn't tell you the last time I watched a show on Fox.
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11:51PM on 10/14/2015

Staying positive

Hellfire Club at least brings in characters who may actually matter.
We all see this problem very clearly, TV is afraid of taking on the major characters. At least we have Daredevil and the Flash now. But this news is reminiscent of the past, where producers are taking characters who aren't big properties. If you want us to get excited about a X-men show, give us the X-men. Give us the Cyclops, Iceman, Beast stories. And the obvious thing of connecting the TV shows to the Cinematic Universe.
Hellfire Club at least brings in characters who may actually matter.
We all see this problem very clearly, TV is afraid of taking on the major characters. At least we have Daredevil and the Flash now. But this news is reminiscent of the past, where producers are taking characters who aren't big properties. If you want us to get excited about a X-men show, give us the X-men. Give us the Cyclops, Iceman, Beast stories. And the obvious thing of connecting the TV shows to the Cinematic Universe. DC isn't going for it right now but Marvel is. So FOX knows they should connect the dots.
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11:06PM on 10/14/2015

Hell froze over

Guess I'll start writing my living will because the end the world is nigh!!! Hellfire club would be awesome. A period piece superhero show sounds interesting.
Guess I'll start writing my living will because the end the world is nigh!!! Hellfire club would be awesome. A period piece superhero show sounds interesting.
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3:33AM on 10/15/2015
I feel The Hellfire Club in X-Men First Class was rather underused. Glad to see it's getting its due in the new series.
I feel The Hellfire Club in X-Men First Class was rather underused. Glad to see it's getting its due in the new series.
10:53PM on 10/14/2015
Hellfire sounds really good.
Hellfire sounds really good.
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10:37PM on 10/14/2015
I'm actually intrigued by Legion. A mutant with serious mental illness and literally hundreds of alternate personalities in his head who each have their own super powers, that could be an interesting premise. Kind of like Mr. Robot, with mutants.
I'm actually intrigued by Legion. A mutant with serious mental illness and literally hundreds of alternate personalities in his head who each have their own super powers, that could be an interesting premise. Kind of like Mr. Robot, with mutants.
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9:57PM on 10/14/2015

Stop going to the past!

I'm sick of Marvel and Star Wars going back to the past for movies and TV shows! Can we set these storylines in present time?
Also, Legion?! Really?!! Who cares about him? There are so many other characters that would be much better to do a series with. Do they not have the rights to anyone else? So frustrating.
I'm sick of Marvel and Star Wars going back to the past for movies and TV shows! Can we set these storylines in present time?
Also, Legion?! Really?!! Who cares about him? There are so many other characters that would be much better to do a series with. Do they not have the rights to anyone else? So frustrating.
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