The Marvel television empire is getting even bigger, and now cable network FX is getting in on the action. Next up: Legion, based on the comic story of Professor X’s son.
FX has placed a pilot order for Legion, which is the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human. According to Marvel, the pilot introduces the story of David Haller: 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.
David Haller is the son of Professor Charles Xavier in comic lore, though since there’s no mention of an X-Men connection, it stands to reason this could be an unconnected spinoff just focusing on this one corner of the universe with some reimaginings. Which, sure, could be a lot of fun.
The best part? The creative team is top-notch, as Fargo mastermind Noah Hawley has signed on to write the pilot with Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jeph Loeb (Daredevil), Jim Chory (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and John Cameron (Fargo).
Though the relationship between Fox and Marvel has been a bit chilly at times, it seems that between Legion and Hellfire they’ve worked through a lot of those issues (at least for the small screen). For fans, that’s awesome news. And FX seems to be going all-in on comics shows, what with the just-announced Y: The Last Man and Southern Bastards on the docket.
Do you think Legion is a good story for television? How would you like to see it adapted?