Another line between Marvel and rival studios is being blurred. Marvel and Fox are getting together on a two-series project to bring two new X-Men universe shows to the small screen: Legion, which has a pilot ordered for FX, and Hellfire, to air on Fox. Both shows will be executive produced by the X-Men franchise’s Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg, as well as Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
The FX series Legion introduces the character David Haller, who in Marvel Comics is the son of Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller, a Holocaust survivor who Charles helped recover from a catatonic state after the war. 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.
Legion will be written by Fargo’s Noah Hawley, who will also serve as an executive producer, with the pilot produced by Marvel Television and FX Productions. FX’s Nick Grad is excited to work with Hawley and the rest of the team on the upcoming project. “Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” said Grad. “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.”
The Fox series Hellfire is set in the 1960s and has yet to name its main character. The show follows 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.
Created by Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Patrick McKay, and JD Payne, Hellfire’s pilot will be written by McKay and Payne, with Katz and Coto serving as showrunners. “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,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden. “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.
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