Bryan Singer is certainly no stranger to the X-Men cinematic universe, having directed and co-written ‘X-Men,’ ‘X2,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ and the upcoming ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,” in addition to having writing and producing credits on ‘X-Men: First Class.’ Being so familiar with the stories and the characters, it made sense, then, to have him function as an Executive Producer on both the upcoming TV shows that will be set in the same universe, ‘Legion‘ and ‘Hellfire.’
Disney’s Marvel team will be working with 20th Century Fox to create both shows, albeit on different networks. ‘Legion’ will premiere on FX, and will follow the story of the titular character, which is the code name of Charles Xavier’s son David. According to released marketing info, David is “a haunted man, trying to find his way back to sanity, but he’s getting tired and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams.” Dan Stevens will play David, with Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Hamish Linklater, and Rachel Keller also cast.
‘Hellfire’ will be shown on Fox, and will focus on the covert supervillain group known as The Hellfire Club. Set in the 1960s, Fox describes the show about “a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as ‘The Hellfire Club’ – to take over the world.”
Gearing up for production on both series, Singer spoke about the ideas and storylines for both projects via an interview with Variety. Here’s what he had to say:
“I think the underbelly [could be explored],” Singer said. “There’s always something interesting about a school that’s got a military aspect beneath its classrooms. Is there another layer to all of that? Is there another layer to the Hellfire Club? The idea of, ‘Who’s running the world?’ — that’s something that was touched upon in ‘First Class’ but has yet to be fully explored. It just has to be explored in a very gentle, methodical way. And I’ve seen it go haywire. I’m not going to be specific where I believe it has. The audience will tell you. But when it’s done right, it all can connect.”
Neither show has a set premiere date as of yet; we will certainly keep you updated when we hear more!
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