Following months of negotiations, FX and Fox are finally pushing forward with TV shows based on the “X-men” universe. “Legion” on FX is already set for a pilot, while “Hellfire” on Fox will begin its development.
“Legion” will be about an X-men character, David Heller, who has a schizophrenic personality, which actually highlights the superpowers. “Hellfire” will be about the X-men villains. It will be set in the 1960s.
Negotiations for these shows first started in January. But it met some complications as Fox, which owns the film rights and Marvel, which owns the comic book franchise, have yet to land an agreement. The studio needed to get Marvel signed on, including to the arrangement that the shows will not have “Marvel” or “X-men” attached to its titles.
The production of “Legion” will be led by Noah Hawley, who is currently behind FX’s critically acclaimed series “Fargo,” whille Patrick McKay and JD Payne are task to write for “Hellfire.”
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” said FX head Nick Grad via Los Angeles Times. “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.”
“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,” said Fox president David Madden about “Hellfire” via Variety.