The X-Men franchise is coming to the small screen in a big way, and now we have a few details about how the two flagship projects are shaking out.
In an interview with IGN, producer Lauren Shuler Donner said Noah Hawley’s (Fargo) new series Legion will be set within its “own world” and not tied to the larger X-Men film universe. Donner said they pretty much gave Hawley the freedom to tell the story he wanted to tell after seeing his resume and the way he turned Fargo into a critical darling on the small screen. In this case, that meant giving him his own little universe to play in.
Hawley keeps the story focused on David, and it sounds like they largely avoid his comic-based family connections (namely, the fact that he’s typically Professor Xavier’s son). Here’s an excerpt from Donner on the direction:
"Probably the driving mystery is, yes, who is David? But not in that sense. It's more, 'Is David schizophrenic? Is he crazy? Or does he have powers?' That is the mystery. 'Who is David?' We just don't want to get into the Xavier world, because that's not what this show is about."
In addition to Legion, the studio is also putting together an untitled X-Men TV series at Fox from producer Matt Nix (Burn Notice). That project will reportedly focus on a family that goes on the run when they realize their children are mutants, making their way through a universe largely connected to the big-screen universe (complete with Sentinels!). Here’s an excerpt from Donner’s comments:
"Matt's is much more a part of just the world in terms of there are mutants, mutants are hated and there are Sentinels -- though very different from what we've seen before. You feel like you're here in the X-Men world. With Legion, we're our own universe. It gives Noah the freedom to do what he wants to do. Because we play with so many different timelines, and we rebooted and not really rebooted and all that, we felt like, OK, we're going to throw it out there and hope the fans accept it."
Legion premieres February 8 on FX. The untitled series is reportedly nearing a pilot order at Fox.
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