X-Men TV series ‘Legion’ gets UK broadcaster
We announced a little while ago that 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios had signed a deal to co-produce not one, but two TV shows based on characters from the X-Men universe; Hellfire, and Legion.
Today, in exciting news for those of us on this side of ‘the pond’, FOX UK has confirmed that it will air Legion to UK audiences when the show makes its global premiere in early 2017.
Starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller and Jean Smart of Fargo, and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, Legion will centre around the origin story of young David Haller, also known as ‘Legion’ after his multiple personality disorder, who has family ties to X-Men legend, and mutant powers that were wrongly diagnosed as schizophrenia in his teenage years.
FX veteran and Fargo writer Noah Hawley has penned the pilot, while X-Men movie producers Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb will executive produce.
Nick Grad, Original Programming controller at FX, said of Legion:
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at. His adaption of Fargo for television was one of the most acclaimed television events in recent memory. It’s also an honour to partner with Marvel on Legion and to enlist such an accomplished team of Executive Producers to create this pilot.”
Significantly, this partnership between Marvel TV and FOX means that the two companies are willing to exchange licensing for comics properties. Will this also apply to film rights? Only time can tell.
Legion is set to premiere on FOX networks in early 2017 to more than 125 countries. More news on TVGuide.co.uk as we hear it!