Well, today’s apparently the day for awesome comic book TV news. As if Y: The Last Man wasn’t enough, we’ve got two other big properties coming to the small screen, both courtesy of the fine folks over at Marvel. According to Variety, Marvel and 20th Century Fox are teaming up to bring a series based on The Hellfire Club to Fox with another series based on Legion coming to FX. That’s almost too much awesomeness. Almost.
Bryan Singer, who of course has directed four of the six X-Men films, will executive produce both projects, along with Simon Kinberg. FX’s Legion will be co-produced and written by Fargo‘s Noah Hawley. Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb will exec produce Hellfire. The pedigree behind both these projects is pretty impressive, clearly Marvel and Fox REALLY want to make sure they get this right.
Both series have their origins in the X-Men universe, which is why having Singer onboard is a great move. The Hellfire Club served as villains in X-Men: First Class. As for how they will appear on the small screen:
“Hellfire” is set in the late 1960s and 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’d bet good money that “power-hungry woman” is none other than the Ice Queen Emma Frost, portrayed in First Class by January Jones. No word yet on which, if any, X-Men could appear on this show, but given that Fox still owns the rights to that part of the Marvel universe it’s not really a stretch to imagine some sort of X-related resistance will show up at some point. We can dream, can’t we?
But that’s only half of the incredible mutant news today:
FX’s “Legion,” which is also based on an X-Men character, will tell the story of a troubled young man, David Haller, who may be more than human. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness, and diagnosed as schizophrenic — he 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.
Oh yeah, David Haller also just so happens to be Charles Xavier’s son. No big deal. In addition to exec producing the series, Noah Hawley will also write the script for the pilot.
Neither series has a premiere date yet, but rest assured we will keep you informed every step of the way. There have been rumors about some sort of X-Men show flying around for years, and while this isn’t that exactly, it’s still a very exciting development. Two TV series set in the mutant universe?! Please don’t ever stop spoiling us, Marvel.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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