Kinberg Calls "Legion" The "Breaking Bad" Of Comic Book Shows

Following the initial announcement of their existence a month ago, producer Simon Kinberg has another update on the two upcoming X-Men spinoff TV series. Kinberg discussed the two shows, "Hellfire" and "Legion," while speaking with Collider about the state of the expanding X-Men franchise. In addition to more feature films, the mutants now have "Legion" set up at FX with "Fargo" showrunner Noah Hawley. "Hellfire," which is set in the 1960s, is being developed by Fox and comes from "24: Live Another Day" helmers Evan Katz and Manny Coto

Kinberg spoke about working with Hawley on "Legion," calling Hawley a "straight up genius." Since the show is at FX, Kinberg mentioned that they are trying to push the boundaries of what you would normally see on television, especially compared to what airs on major networks during primetime.

"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," said Kinberg, who explained that the upcoming "Deadpool" film is more irreverent and "Gambit" is a sexy thriller. "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."

Kinberg also said that "Legion" came to be thanks to conversations between himself, Hawley, producer Lauren Shuler Donner and X-Men film director Bryan Singer. "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," said Kinberg. "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.'"

Regarding the other X-Men TV series, "Hellfire," Kinberg revealed that they are hoping to shoot the pilot early next year. "The 'Hellfire' script we have an amazing writing team, really two writing teams working together on it, and also that will shoot next year."

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