FX has handed out a pilot order to Legion, an hour-long drama project from Marvel Television, FX Productions and Fargo executive producer Noah Hawley, TVWise has learned.
Legion tells the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. 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.
Fargo creator Noah Hawley will pen the script for the pilot and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. The pilot for Legion will be produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FX Productions handling the physical production. If it goes to series, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution will handle global sales.
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at”, said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “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.”
Like a lot of cable networks, FX is very cautious about handing out pilot orders, with the vast majority ultimately going to series. The fact that Hawley is attached certainly has FX execs high on the project, especially coming off of the rave reviews for Fargo season 2. That said, the network does not have much of a track record when it comes to “superhero shows”. The sole previous attempt was Powers, which FX passed on the project (twice) only for Sony to pick it up to series for their nascent PlayStation Network, subsequently renewing it for a second season.