Legion Will Be Part of the X-Men Universe, Says Singer

FX's "X-Men"-based television series "Legion" is officially canon. At the Edinburgh Television Festival, "X-Men: Apocalypse" director Bryan Singer discussed the upcoming show and confirmed that it will take place within his "X-Men" universe -- even if it doesn't feel like it at times.

According to Singer, who is executive producing the series, "Legion" is designed to be "part of the 'X-Men' universe, but when you watched it, you wouldn't have to label it, it could exist completely on its own." Additionally, "Legion" and another, unnamed upcoming "X-Men" series "will relate to future 'X-Men' movies" as well as feature a "really ambitious and fun and very unique storyline."

Singer's statement comes in opposition to FX Networks CEO John Landgraf's comments in January. According to Landgraf, "Legion" "takes place in a parallel universe. The US government is in the early days of being aware of mutants, but not the public. I don’t foresee any characters moving back and forth (between the movies and the series)." However, considering the amount that has passed between Landgraf and Singer's comments, it's possible this aspect of the series could have changed.

“Legion” is in development at cable network FX, with "Fargo's" Noah Hawley on board as a producer. According to the official description, “Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.”

The eight-episode first season debuts in early 2017 on FX.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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