20th Century Fox has been expanding their X-Men universe, especially with the release and successful of Deadpool. Deadpool has opened the door for the X-Men universe to move in multiple directors including exploring more non-mainstream characters like Legion.
FX has picked up Noah Hawley’s X-Men take on Legion. The series has been picked up for an eight-episode order. The show will be debuting in early 2017. Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) will be in the title role.
X-Men producer Simon Kinberg is opening up abut how the universe is expanding.
“The success of [Deadpool] showed the studio that not just the mainline X-Men movies, but there are characters – and characters with different tones and different vibes, that can justify their own movies as well. So Gambit, and Deadpool, and New Mutants, and even others – we’re really serious about making, and then, like the way Marvel has done so brilliantly, the Marvel Studios have done so brilliantly, feeding them in and out of each other’s stories.”
Legion is going to be a very different tone and bring a unique feel to the X-Men universe.
“Tonally, it’s very different. Noah [Hawley] is a genius – he wrote and created and directed the pilot to Legion – and it is a very different sensibility than anything we’ve done with the X-Men movies. Almost, I would say, as radically different as Deadpool was from the mainline X-Men movies.”
Legion focuses on David Haller, a man who may be more than human who is struggling with mental illness since his early teenage years. He has developed and been diagnosed as a schizophrenic. After years of being in treatment for his illness, Legion meets another patient, who explains that the voices and visions he sees might be real, after all. In the comics, this character is David, who is the son of X-Men found Charles Xavier/Professor X.
This character first appeared in New Mutants No. 25 in March 1985.