When it comes to the “X-Men” film franchise, Lauren Shuler Donner has been there every step of the way through its various incarnations. This includes both upcoming TV shows based on the property – FX’s “Legion” premiering next month, and the untitled project still in development at FOX.
During the TCA presentations for the past two weeks it was revealed that “Legion” will be separate from the “X-Men” film series and in its own ‘universe’, while the FOX series being produced by “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix is set squarely in the film series.
Now, speaking with IGN, Donner has offered some more details of how the arrangement will work – and in doing so reveals the Sentinels will make a comeback:
“Matt’s is much more a part of just the world in terms of there are mutants, mutants are hated and there are Sentinels — though very different from what we’ve seen before. You feel like you’re here in the X-Men world.
With Legion, we’re our own universe. It gives Noah the freedom to do what he wants to do. Because we play with so many different timelines, and we rebooted and not really rebooted and all that, we felt like, OK, we’re going to throw it out there and hope the fans accept it.
The cinematic universe will not worry about Legion. They will not worry about these TV worlds as all. They will just continue in the way that they have been continuing, and there is some great stuff that we are developing. I can just say it’s going to be new and different, and yet Legion and our other show, we’re not going to get in each other’s way.”
So will we get some high profile X-Men cameos in the Fox series?
“It depends. The feature side comes first, unfortunately, because it’s established. They’re our characters, so they come first, and as we decide feature world where we’re going, there are certain characters we know we won’t get into or if we do get into, it’s OK to have them have an appearance.”
Word is the FOX show hopes to be in production early enough to make it in time for a late 2017 debut but that’s still a big if and could well not hit our screens until 2018.