FX has ordered a full eight-episode season of ‘Legion’. Back in October we learned that the cable network, home of the critically acclaimed ‘Fargo’, had ordered a pilot based on the character David Haller, the illegitimate son of the X-Men’s founder Professor Charles Xavier. ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley would oversee the project. Apparently, FX liked what they saw in the pilot and have committed to a full season.
FX’s President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions Nick Grad announced:
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement. Just as he did in reimagining Fargo, he is bringing an entirely new aesthetic and sensibility to the enormously popular and richly represented X-Men world. The pilot episode is stunning, driven by incredible performances from Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Rachel Keller and the rest of the cast.”
‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens plays Haller, a schizophrenic who has struggled with mental illness his whole life only to discover that the visions and voices he experiences may actually be real.
Hawley serves as executive producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron.
Despite 20th Century Fox being the home to the ‘X-Men’ movies and owning FX, ‘Legion’ will not be connected to the films.
FX president John Landgraf explained:
“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. The series Legion takes place takes place in a parallel universe in which the U.S. Government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist, but the public does not. I wouldn’t foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes.”
Are you excited that this project has gotten the green light?