FX and FOX are working on a pair of TV series set in the X-Men universe with Legion and The Hellfire Club both getting interest from the networks….
FOX is ready to begin delving deeper into the world of the X-Men with two new series currently in early development.
First up is Legion at FX and a pilot order has already been given to the show with Fargo creator Noah Hawley on board to write the debut episode and act as executive producer on the series.
Legion is based on the character David Charles Haller, who is actually the son of Professor X Charles Xavier. Haller is an infinitely powerful mutant, but struggles with multiple personality disorder and the voices inside his head are controlling different aspects of his many abilities.
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” FX Original Programming President Nick Grad said in a press release. “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.”
In addition to Legion heading to FX, Hellfire based on the popular Marvel group The Hellfire Club is being adapted at FOX.
The Hellfire Club is best known as a group of superpowered mutants who often target the X-Men in battle. The TV version will be set in the 1960’s with a young special agent charged with investigating a power hungry mutant, who is working with a secret group of millionaires to take over the world.
Patrick McKay and JD Payne — the duo behind Star Trek 3 — are writing the pilot for the new series.
With FOX owning the rights to the entire X-Men franchise and the characters, the network is doubling down on potential content with X-Men: Apocalypse set to open in 2016 as well as the Gambit adaptation and now at least two series in the works for TV as well.