FOX UK has officially taken the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Marvel’s upcoming X-Men adjacent series Legion, which was picked up at cable network FX earlier this month with an eight episode series order.
Legion tells the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens). 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. Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin also star.
Fargo creator Noah Hawley, who is under an overall deal at FX Productions, penned the script for Legion and will serve as an executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. Legion is being produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production. The eight episode first season will enter production this Summer in Vancouver for a 2017 premiere.
FOX UK’s acquisition of Legion emanates from a larger deal made by the channel’s parent company Fox Networks Group (formerly known as Fox International Channels), which will see Legion air day-and-date on Fox channels in some 125 countries in 2017.
TVWise first reported that the deal was in the works when FX picked up Legion to series last week and now that they have officially boarded, FNG’s Sharon Tal Yguado has signed on to serve as an executive producer on the series.
“Legion brings the X-Men universe to life, as a character driven, serialized TV show, in a truly amazing new way, and we’re pleased that X-Men fans will have the opportunity to see it simultaneously in the 125 countries where FOX is available”, said Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group.
While Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Fox Networks Group to launch Legion to a massive global audience. In our storytelling, it is imperative to us that we’re creating characters and a universe that resonates with people around the world and we are so proud to introduce this cast of characters to fans everywhere.”