Mutants are headed to your television...or are they?
Marvel and Fox announced Wednesday that they are partnering up on two new series to air on FX and Fox, based on characters from the X-Men comics, but there's a legal catch.
Fargo's creator Noah Hawley has signed on to write the pilot of Legion, for FX. The show will follow the struggles of David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who has an odd encounter with another psychiatric patient that raises the question: are the voices he hears and the visions he sees real? Although there's no mention of how he fits into the known Marvel world, in the comics, David is the son of Professor Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, who was the founder and leader of The X-Men.
In the second series known by the working title Hellfire, a young special agent in the 1960s discovers a "power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities" is working with a group of millionaires called "The Hellfire Club" to take over the world. The Hellfire Club, which often has confrontations with The X-Men in the comics, was last seen in X-Men: First Classfeaturing members Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), Emma Frost (January Jones, Riptide (Alex Gonzalez) and Azazel (Jason Flemyng).
Both projects have their origins in the X-Men universe, though it's worth noting that press releases for the shows avoid naming the franchise and "mutants," and there's no way to know yet if the shows will exist in the same universe as the movies, as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does with other Marvel film properties.
Fox has long been looking to bring an X-Men series to television, but things have been complicated by the fact that while 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to X-Men characters, the comic itself is owned by Marvel, and therefore Disney. As a result, the two new titles do not include the "Marvel" moniker like S.H.I.E.l.D., Marvel's Agent Carter, and Marvel's various series with Netflix.
Are you interested in the new X-Men shows? How would you like to see them change from the X-Men movies?