Hawley, Loeb On “Legion” Ties With “X-Men”

Cast members and producers of FX’s much anticipated “Legion” series gathered at New York Comic Con on Sunday to show off a bunch of footage from the show’s pilot episode and to discuss its link with the greater “X-Men” universe.

As we know, the story follows a man named David Haller (Dan Stevens) who’s diagnosed with schizophrenia. However his mental illness might just be the result of latent mutant powers. In the comics, Haller is the son of Professor Charles Xavier.

“Fargo” series creator Noah Hawley is the showrunner on this and confirms that there’s an “element” of the Professor X connection in the series and says: “I don’t think you can really tell the story without that element to it.”

The series’ look and feel is: “far enough away from the X-Men movies, but it still lives in that universe.” Aesthetic wise Hawley says: “I’ve learned to trust my instincts, and when I put it on its feet, it wanted to feel like a 1964 Terence Stamp movie. Because he doesn’t know what’s real, so some things feel very retro and some things feel very modern.” He added that the soundtrack is akin to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album.

Part of the reason there’s not a direct connection is “Legion” and the “X-Men” franchises are Fox which doesn’t have a deal with Marvel. Nevertheless

Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb was also on hand and suggests that Fox and Marvel Studios are coming to more of an understanding: “The X-men characters live in the Fox world, and we live in a different world… The fact that I’m sitting here is a sign of bridges being made, and people like Lauren [Shuler Donner, producer of Fox’s X-Men franchise] who are facilitating that and making that happen. What it really boils down to is Marvel heroes at their core are people that are damaged and trying to figure out where they are in life – and that does’t matter if they’re X-men characters or Matt Murdoch or Tony Stark or Peter Parker. It’s about the man under the mask… If what you just watched feels like Marvel, then that’s all that matters.”

“Legion” also stars Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin while Jemaine Clement (“What We Do in the Shadows,” Flight of The Concords”) has also just joined the cast. It will premiere early 2017 on FX.