Is FX about to grab a piece of the Marvel Comics pie? You betcha!
The network has ordered a pilot for Legion, described as “the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human,” with Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones) writing and serving as executive producer, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
The logline for the potential series, which introduces the comic-book character David Haller, reads as follows: “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 comic-book lore, David Haller is the son of X-Men‘s mutant Professor Charles Xavier and Israeli Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller — and each of his distinct personalities is related to a different superpower.
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” said Grad, in a statement. “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.”
Hawley’s fellow EPs on the project will include X-Men vets Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg, as well as Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil), Jim Chory (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Daredevil) and John Cameron (Fargo, The Big Lebowski).
Back in August, Fox announced it was pursuing an X-Men adaptation with Marvel.
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