With Deadpool taking the comic book movie world by storm earlier this year, 20th Century Fox now seems keener than ever to explore a different take on the X-Men Cinematic Universe with their upcoming FX television series, Legion.
Co-produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, the 8-episode X-Men spinoff is the brainchild of Noah Hawley (Fargo) and the X-Men movie team of Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg. Marvel Head of TV Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and John Cameron (Fargo) will also executive-produce.
In a recent interview with MovieFone, producer Simon Kinberg opened up about how the success of an R-rated Deadpool has inspired them to make their Legion -- as well as their other upcoming movie properties -- "as radically different as Deadpool was" from the main X-Men movies.
“The success of [Deadpool] showed the studio that not just the mainline X-Men movies, but there are characters -- and characters with different tones and different vibes, that can justify their own movies as well. So Gambit, and Deadpool, and New Mutants, and even others ... we're really serious about making, and then, like the way Marvel has done so brilliantly, the Marvel Studios have done so brilliantly, feeding them in and out of each other's stories. Building these larger tapestries that you can watch one movie and enjoy it, and that can be your only experience of an X-Men movie, but if you watch all of them together, you get a deeper, richer experience.
Tonally, [Legion is] very different. Noah is a genius -- he wrote and created and directed the pilot to Legion -- and it is a very different sensibility than anything we've done with the X-Men movies. Almost, I would say, as radically different as Deadpool was from the mainline X-Men movies. Legion is, again, in a different direction: really character-based, really granular in terms of getting inside the details of the characters. It stands as part of the X-Men universe, but it stands apart from it as well.”
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest) will star as David Haller, the schizophrenic son of Charles Xavier/Professor X. Also on board are Rachel Keller (Fargo), Jean Smart (Fargo), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jeremie Harris (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Amber Midthunder (Hell or High Water), Katie Aselton (The League) and Bill Irwin (Interstellar).
Legion is slated to arrive on our TV screens in 2017. Are you looking forward to Marvel and Fox’s first collaboration?