Marvel and Fox to develop Legion and Hellfire into two TV dramas
Yay! Marvel and Fox have agreed to work together to bring two separate dramas set in the X-Men Universe: Legion and Hellfire. Now, people may be wondering if this is a good idea, bringing this group and character into the public’s eye and thus to people who are not as familiar with these characters as, say, the X-Men, or Wolverine.
Those involved in bringing this together are Fox producers Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kingberg, along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
Legion already has a pilot order at FX and it will be written and produced by Noah Hawley (Fargo). Hellfire is being developed by Evan Katz (24: Live Another Day),Manny Coto (24), Patrick McKay (Star Trek 3), and JD Payne (Star Trek 3).
Legion, who’s formal name is David Haller, is the son of Professor Charles Xavier. The series “introduces the story of David Haller: 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.”
Hellfire will be set in the 60s, and it “follows 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.”
I guess Fox wanted this as much as Marvel did, and considering the potential for both series’, it could benefit both of them greatly. I’m glad they have gone in this direction, to test their treaty while protecting their bigger assets.