While speaking at the Television Critics Association 2016 winter press tour, FX President John Landgraf offered a few intriguing details about Legion, their upcoming X-Men TV spinoff. Good news is, it looks like we’ll be getting the series sooner rather than later. In fact, it should premiere on our TV screens sometime this year. Bad news is ... well, you'll see below. Here's what Landgraf said about the progress they're making on the series.
“We're quite well along. We've had a writing staff working. We've seen not only the pilot but several episodes and we're well in process of casting," he said. "I would anticipate that Legion would go on the air some time in 2016, this year.”
Talking about casting, the only person cast on the series so far is Fargo actress Rachel Keller in an undisclosed role. A 20th Century Fox/FX/Marvel collaboration, the upcoming superhero series’ showrunner also happens to be Fargo’s Noah Hawley.
For those not too familiar with the Marvel Comics character, Legion is the son of Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, named David Haller, who was first diagnosed with schizophrenia before discovering his illness is something a bit more ... namely, he's a mutant. Like father, like son, right? Haller becomes something of an antihero with severe mental illness that allows his psyche to splinter into different personalities, with each of his personas controlling one of his many superpowers (it would be the dominant one) including: telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, time travel and reality warping.
Landgraf also revealed that the new Legion series won't be set in the X-Men movie universe (major bummer!), adding that the time frame for the 10-episode series “might be a few years in the past.” Landgraf said:
“It's not in the continuity of those films in the sense the current X-Men films take place in a universe in which everybody on planet Earth is aware of the existence of mutants,” he said. “The series Legion takes place in a parallel universe, if you will, in which the US government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn't foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes.”
Since it takes place in a parallel universe, does that mean we can rule out appearances from some of the X-Men movie characters? Probably, but there’s still an itsy bitsy tiny sliver of hope.
“It’s still in process but I think at the moment they’re all new characters... But I’m not 100% sure that'll be the case by the time it airs.”
What do you think? Are you disappointed FX's Legion series will be separate from the X-Men movies?