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Published October 15, 2015

Marvel has just brought word today that Fox is planning on creating 2 new live action series based on the X-Men franchise. The first of these series will be entitled ‘Legion‘, and it will premiere on the FX Network as the company has already ordered a pilot episode. The second of these series is under the working title of ‘Hellfire‘ and it will air on the FOX network.

The Legion series will focus on the character David Haller, who is known in the comics for being the schizophrenic son of Charles Xavier. Haller (aka Legion) famously merged his various personalities into a singular, immensely powerful individual who, in an attempt to help Xavier, accidentally became the catalyst for The Age of Apocalypse. The shows premise is as follows “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 series will be produced by Noah Hawley (Fargo), while the pilot will be handled by FX Productions and Marvel Entertainment. Nick Grad, co-President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions spoke briefly on the decision to bring Noah Hawley on board the project.

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 honor to partner with Marvel on ‘Legion’ and to enlist such an accomplished team of Executive Producers to create this pilot.

The second series, Hellfire, is set in the 60’s and will follow “a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as “The Hellfire Club” – to take over the world.” The series is set to be produced by Evan Katz and Manny Coto (24), alongside Patrick McKay and John D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond screenplay). In the comics several famous characters from the X-Men mythos make up the Hellfire Club, including Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw and Donald Pierce. President of Creative Affairs for 20th Century Fox Television, Jonathan Davis, expressed his enthusiasm for the series:

Hellfire’ is a unique opportunity to be able to go deeper with some of these extraordinary characters, but to also dramatize new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about. The action at the center of ‘Hellfire’ will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too!

These 2 X-Men series will in fact be connected to the cinematic X-Men universe so it will be interesting to see if any character crossovers between the 2 mediums will happen sometime in the future. No word on when these series will debut but we will keep you posted on any news as they come out.

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