Simon Kinberg Says ‘Legion’ Will Be The ‘Breaking Bad’ Of Comic Book Television

Fans were fairly surprised to learn a short while back that 20th Century Fox would be expanding their X-Men cinematic universe to the small screen with the upcoming Legion and Hellfire. Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley is writing the pilot for Legion which will tell the story of David Haller, a man diagnosed as a schizophrenic who has been in and out of hospitals his entire life until a strange encounter with a fellow patient confronts him with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might just be real. While speaking with Collider, prudocer Simon Kinberg enthusiastically comment on the project.

Legion and Hellfire are both super active. Hellfire we’re hoping to be shooting at the beginning of next year, the pilot. It’s been extraordinary working with Noah Hawley [on Legion], who I think is a straight up genius. Actually the idea for Legion, it began in conversations with Lauren Schuler Donner and Bryan Singer and Noah me, but I remember I was actually in Moscow last year about to go into a dinner, I was there for the Days of Future Past premiere, and I was sitting in a car outside a restaurant about to go into dinner. It was really early on in the process, like one of the first conversations, and Noah and I were on a call just the two of us just riffing ideas, and I was sitting outside what I thought was gonna be like a 10 minute call and I ended up sitting out there for three and a half hours, missing the dinner. Everybody had not only had the dinner but went home, and I just got off that call being like, ‘It’s midnight in Moscow but we have to make this show with this guy because he’s so brilliant.’ So that’s really ramping up now, the production’s ramping up to start shooting at the beginning of the year with FX.

The producer further commented on how they’re trying to do something different with the series’ tone, similiar to what they’re doing with their big screen projects, and even compared it to a very well known and criticially acclaimed television series.

I mean the thing that’s cool and that’s the hope in branching out to TV is that we can tell these X-Men stories in a slightly different way and even with a slightly different tone. It’s one of the thing we’re kind of doing in the different movie franchises. I mean Deadpool obviously has a very different, almost antithetical tone to the mainline X-Men movies. The X-Men movies are dramatic and almost operatic, whereas Deadpool is irreverent and hysterical and sort of a dirty R-rated comedy in many ways. And Gambit will have its own different flavor and tone to it, will be more of like a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way. So the TV shows give us an opportunity to go even further and certainly what I’m seeing on Legion with Noah and FX is an intent to do something completely original in the genre, in some ways to sort of blow up the paradigm of comic book or superhero stories and almost do our Breaking Bad of superhero stories.

Finally, the producer added that if picked up the series would likely follow suit with FX’s other series and likely feature 10 to 13 episode seasons. There’s a lot of potential with this series and with the team involved, I’m definitely excited to see this one. Let us know your thoughts on Legion and Kinberg’s comments in the section below.

Source: Collider

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