Variety reports that FX Networks has given the greenlight for ‘X-Men’ universe-based drama LEGION to get the series treatment! Eight episodes have been ordered for season one based off the stregnth of the show’s pilot starring Dan Stevens in the role of David Haller who (in the comics, at least) is Professor Charles Xavier’s illegitamate son.
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.
Production is being handled by FX Productions in association with Marvel Television. “Fargo” TV showrunmer Noah Hawley serves the same role for this show, having written the pilot episode and serving as executive producer.
Cast also includes ‘Fargo’ alums Rachel Keller as Syd and Jean Smart as Melanie, along with Aubrey Plaza as Lenny, Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy, Bill Irwin, Katie Aselton and Amber Midthunder.
“We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with ‘Legion’ he has delivered another major creative achievement,” said FX Networks’ President of Original Programming, Nick Grad. “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.”
“Marvel Television is thrilled to not only have our first partnership with FX go to series, but working with the enormously talented Noah Hawley makes it even better,” said Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb. “From the first time we heard Noah’s vision to his exceptional script and cast through the extraordinary filming of the pilot, we knew the series would be incredible.”
‘X-Men’ film producers Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg also serve as executive producers, along with John Cameron and Marvel’s Jim Chory.
‘Legion’ is set to air on FX in early 2017!