FX is officIally getting in on the comic-book craze. The cable network has picked up their Marvel pilot Legion, set in the world of the X-Men, to series with an eight episode order, TVWise has learned.
Legion tells 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.
In his first major role for U.S. television, Dan Stevens leads the cast as David Haller, who is described as “a troubled young man who may be more than human”. Rachel Keller (Fargo), Jean Smart (Fargo), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jeremie Harris (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Amber Midthunder (Hell or High Water), Katie Aselton (The League) and Bill Irwin (Interstellar) also star.
Fargo creator Noah Hawley, who is under an overall deal at FX Productions, penned the script 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.
Additionally, TVWise has exclusively learned that Fox Networks Group – 21st Century Fox’s international channels division formerly known as Fox International Channels – is circling the project. Sources say that the FNG will serve as the global broadcaster for the series – just as they are for The Walking Dead, Wayward Pines and Outcast – and will air the series within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast on FX in more than 120 territories, including the UK.
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with Legion he has delivered another major creative achievement,” said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.. “Just as he did in reimagining Fargo, he is bringing an entirely new aesthetic and sensibility to the enormously popular and richly represented X-Men world. The pilot episode is stunning, driven by incredible performances from Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Rachel Keller and the rest of the cast. We join our producing partners at Marvel in congratulating the creative team for what they’ve accomplished and are as excited as the fans for the premiere of Legion’s first season”.