Late last year came word that two TV series were in the works which had ties to the “X-Men” franchise – Fox’s “Hellfire” and FX’s “Legion”. The former would deal with the Hellfire Club as seen in “X-Men: First Class,” while the latter follows a character who in the comics turns out to be the son of Professor Charles Xavier.
Then came word this weekend that pretty much all the producers on “Hellfire” were jumping ship to the “24: Legacy” reboot on the same network, effectively leaving that show floundering. 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television still intend to produce the series, but a major delay is inevitable.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf has confirmed that the other series – “Legion” – has been picked up to pilot with the hope of a ten-episode first season. While it hasn’t received a series order yet, he’s hopeful: “I’m pretty optimistic about Legion I have to say. The scripts are extraordinary.”
In further good news, the show seems to be further along than expected, Landgraf saying:
“We’re quite well along. We have a writing staff working. We’ve seen not only the pilot script but many episode. I would anticipate Legion will go on the air sometime in 2016, this year.” He also confirms they’re looking at characters we have not yet seen in “X-Men” movies to date and events are essentially present day.”
So what’s the catch? There’s no crossovers with the films planned because the events here are part of a separate universe (same way “Gotham” and/or “The Flash” are to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”):
“It’s not in the continuity of those films in the sense that the current X-Men films take place in a universe where everybody on planet Earth is aware of the existence of mutants. ‘Legion’ takes place in a parallel universe if you will where the government is aware mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn’t see characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes.”
A decision regarding whether this will be ordered to series will be made shortly.