Unlike some of the other shows he’s been attached to in the past, filmmaker Bryan Singer hasn’t been heavily involved in either of the “X-Men” spin-off series currently on the air – FOX’s “The Gifted” and FX’s “Legion”.
Singer has executive producer credit on both shows and directed the pilot of “The Gifted,” but both series are the products of two others – “Gifted” comes from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix, while “Legion” is from “Fargo” showrunner Noah Hawley. Beyond an EP credit, he’s reportedly not been involved much in either show.
Now his minor involvement is looking to be revised as Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn tells Deadline his status as executive producer on “The Gifted” is being revised in the wake of allegations against the director and the mess over his exit from the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”:
“As part of his deal for directing the pilot, he is an executive producer on the series. Truthfully, after he shot the pilot, he went and did a movie and had little to no involvement day-to-day in Season 1. But we take all [those] allegations very seriously, and we’re looking into it for Season 2. Right now we have a lot of time before it premieres, and we continue to have discussions about it.”
FX is showing less hesitancy though, Hawley telling the trade Singer himself has: “asked to take his name off the show, so we have done that”. Hawley says Singer was interested in directing the pilot but ultimately once Hawley made that decision he says he hasn’t spoken to Singer since.