Marvel Developing 2 X-Men TV Spin-Offs: Legion & Hellfire Club TV Series

LegionThe creative forces behind the Fargo TV series are making the pilot for an X-Men TV spin-off series Legion for FX, while the US network Fox is developing a separate X-Men spin-off, Hellfire.

Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley is produce Legion, a pilot based on the troubled, superpowered son of Charles Xavier, David Haller (although it’s unclear as yet if that family relationshop will be made explicit in the show). Having struggled with mental illness since since he was a teenager Haller spends his life in and out of mental institutions. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he begins to wonder if the the voices and visions apparently in his head might be something more real. Legion first appeared in New Mutants #25 (March 1985) and in the comic books it turns out that he has a form of dissociative identity disorder, with each of his personas controlling one of his many superpowers.

Hawley will write the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kingberg (both long-time producers on the X-Men movies), Bryan Singer (you know him), Marvel Television boss Jeph Loeb (Agents of SHIELD, Daredevil), Jim Chory (Daredevil) and John Cameron (Fargo).

Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” says FX original programming president Nick 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.”

Honestly? The showrunner of Fargo doing a Marvel series? About mental illness? Could this be the first Marvel TV with a chance of winning the major Emmys? You have to wonder, though, if whoever gets to play Haller will be forced to keep his distinctive barnet?

FX  has also just announced that it is adapting one of the most critically acclaimed comics of all time — Brian K Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man (Chuck Bartowski was a major fan). So if both pilots get a series order, FX will have a brace of comic-based shows on air next year.

hellfire_clubOver at FX’s network sibling, Fox, there’s a Hellfire series in development, based on Marvel’s secret organisation of evil millionaires that was first introduced in X-Men #129 (March 1980). The show will apparently centre on a young special agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with the clandestine society to take over the world.

The show will be created by 24’s Evan Katz and Manny Coto (the producer who was turning Enterprise into a really good show just before they cancelled it), alongside Star Trek 3 scripters Patrick McKay and John D Payne. McKay and Payne will pen the pilot script for Hellfire, based on a story by Katz, Coto, McKay and Payne. Donner, Singer, Kinberg, Loeb and Chory will executive produce alongside Katz and Coto, who will be the showrunners.

The Hellfire Club’s Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost, aka, The White Queen, popped up in X-Men: First Class (2011). What’s the betting that the “mysterious woman” mentioned in the synopsis is Frost?

“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 Fox Broadcasting 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. We are so looking forward to working with this incredibly talented team.”

Hellfire is a unique opportunity to also dramatise new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about,” says Fox TV’s president of creative affairs Jonathan Davis.“The action at the centre of Hellfire will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too!”

If Hellfire goes to a series and Gotham is given a third series, Fox could end up not only with a Marvel series and a DC series on air at the same time, but they would also have two series concentrating on comic book supervillains.


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