The internet went crazy with buzz this week when it was revealed that Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox would be combining forces to bring two television series’ set in the X-Men universe to the small screen. Included in this announcement was the reveal that FX had ordered a pilot for Legion, which would be based on the schizophrenic son of X-Men leader Charles Xavier, which would be developed and written by Noah Hawley (Fargo). While speaking with TV Insider, the showrunner commented on how he came about working on the series.
Hawley then went on to reveal that it was Lauren Shuller Donner & Bryan Singer that went about looking into expanding the X-Universe to television before commenting on what exactly interested him about this particular project.
The reason Hawley decided to go after Legion was due to the character’s internal struggle and that he is “a big believer that the structure of a story should reflect the content of the story” and that he “liked the idea that if you have a character that doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not real, that is also the audience’s journey”. So, where does this fit into the larger X-Men cinematic universe?
In regards to the lack of mention of the X-Men name in the press release for the series, Hawley said that “that the show needs to stand on its own two feet. The people who care that it’s an X-Men title are going to know it’s an X-Men title”. It sounds like this series will be a part of the X-Men universe but will stand on it’s own, much like what Marvel is doing with their own television projects. Are you looking forward to Legion? Let us know what you think about this one in the comments section below.