Despite the fact that the two major studios aren’t on the same page with their big screen properties, Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox are teaming up to produce two X-Men based TV series. The two upcoming shows are tentatively titled Hellfire for Fox and Legion for FX.
With a major win with Sony under their belt to acquire the rights to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans of the comics have been hopeful that other Fox Studios, whom have the rights to a few Marvel properties will follow suit. Though the recently debunked Fantastic Four rumor may be evidence to an existing uneasiness between the two parties, the news that they will work together to create pilot episodes of two X-Men spin-offs leaves room for some hope.
Bryan Singer, director of the first two films in the X-Men series as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, has been tapped as the executive producer for both shows. Noah Hawley, writer and creator of the FX series Fargo is set to write and produce Legion.
Similar to the setting of X-Men: First Class, Hellfire will be set in the 1960’s and will follow a special agent who finds out about a secret society of wealthy and influential people seeking world domination, known as “The Hellfire Club.” In the comics, the group’s Inner Circle has included First Class‘ Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost, and includes multiple super-powered mutants to rival Professor Xavier’s heroic team.
Legion will follow the title character, going by his real name David Charles Haller, as he battles with schizophrenia and dissociative personality disorder, along with the reality that the voices in his head are not imaginary. In the comics, he is the illegitimate son of Professor Xavier and possesses many of his father’s powers, but each are linked to one of his individual personalities.
With Marvel’s TV universe expanding almost as rapidly as their cinematic universe began doing, this partnership with Fox should add a great deal of interest to their small screen endeavors to add to their existing properties on ABC and Netflix.Source: Variety
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