FX and Marvel announced this week that they would be producing a new live-action television show titled “Legion.” The series will focus on David Haller, Professor Xavier’s son in Marvel Comics lore, a young man suffering from schizophrenia who discovers the true source of the voices and visions in his head. The series’ showrunner and “Fargo” producer Noah Hawley recently talked withTV Insider about what fans can expect from the show.
As ComicBook.com points out, Hawley discussed whether “Legion” would be connected with the “X-Men” films or the new “Hellfire Club” series that’s being developed at Fox. Hawley said that, “It’s conceived more as a standalone. I don’t want to say too much more about it on that level, but certainly it’s not constructed as a back-door anything.” He added that, “We certainly haven’t had any conversations about crossovers [with ‘Hellfire’]. I don’t know anything about it, but I think that one is more linearly taken out of the world of the movies. Ours has its own world to it.”
Hawley was also asked about why he chose to base the show around Legion, a character battling mental illness discovering the breadth of his superpowers. He revealed that the story actually came first. “I basically came up with a TV show that I wanted to tell and then found the right character for it. It was more about trying to find my way to what the show was. In some ways reverse engineering it. We found the perfect character.”
As for what made Legion the right fit, he said, “What I really like about him is, here’s a character who is schizophrenic on some level, a character struggling with mental illness. Is he crazy or does he have these powers? The answer is, kind of both… I liked the idea that if you have a character that doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not real, that is also the audience’s journey.”
While it’s clear “Legion” was conceived as a standalone series, exactly how deeply it will be connected with the ‘X-Men’ film series is yet to be seen. The show is expected to premiere during the 2016-2017 season.
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