This news is sort of strange and sort of not if you look at the history and landscape of Fox’s endevor with superheroes. This new bit of information comes from straight from Marvel’s mouth as they announced earlier today that they’d be moving forward with two X-Men related pilots.
The first will be called Legion and is based of off Professer Xavier’s son, David Haller. According to the folks at Marvel, “The pilot introduces the story of David Haller: 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 the comics, Legion is a character with multiple personality disorder. His disorder allows each of his personalities to control one of his many mutant powers. This could make for some interesting TV, but it seems a bit complicated. It’s not like they’re going to be able to get James McAvoy to show up and in a show that’s directly tied to Prof. X, you’re going to want to see him at least at some point.
There are a lot of incredible people attached this pilot who have worked on several of the other X-Men related film properties. According to Marvel, “Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones) is writing and serves as Executive Producer, along with Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Superman Returns), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Martain), 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).”
The second show that Fox is looking to kickoff will be called Hellfire. This show will follow the exploits of the Hellfire club and will take place during the 1960’s during the time frame of X-Men; First Class. Marvel explains, “Set in the late 1960s, the series — which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production — 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.”
For those who are unfamiliar, this is exactly what we saw in First Class and we’re guessing that they’re not getting January Jones or Kevin Bacon back to reprise their roles as Emma Frost or Sebastian Shaw. This show seems to have a fairly shaky premise as it only stands to retread waters that we’ve already seen, unless they go outside of their film canon, which would still be a little odd.
Just like Legion, this show has a lot of people currently attached. According to Marvel, “Evan Katz (“24: Live Another Day”), Manny Coto (“24”), Patrick McKay (“Star Trek 3”) and JD Payne (“Star Trek 3”) are co-creators. McKay and Payne will write the pilot script, based on a story by Katz, Coto, McKay and Payne. Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Bryan Singer (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Fantastic Four”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “Marvel’s Daredevil”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”) will executive-produce the pilot, alongside Katz and Coto, who will serve as showrunners.”
This also wouldn’t be Fox’s first attempt to put the X-Men on TV. Back in 1996, Fox created a made for TV movie called Generation X based on the comic of the same name. The Wikipedia synopsis for the film reads, “Emma Frost (Finola Hughes) and Banshee (Jeremy Ratchford) are the headmasters of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. They recruit Jubilee (Heather McComb) and Skin (Austin Rodriguez), and introduce them to their fellow students; M (Amarilis), Mondo (Bumper Robinson), Buff (Suzanne Davis) and Refrax (Randall Slavin). The students are learning to cope with their mutant powers, and come into conflict with the “townies” who mock the students. Emma Frost worked previously with a mad scientist named Russel Tresh who felt that he could extract part of mutant’s brains to develop psychic powers, and Russel is back and wants to use Skin’s brain in his experiments.”
This actually sounds like it could make for an interesting on going series, if taken seriously while maybe being a little more rooted in the actual Marvel Universe. We put the trailer below just in case you were interested and you can find the entire movie on YouTube if you really want to jump down that rabbit hole.
So what do you think? Are these shows good ideas or bad ones? Will one work better than the other or should they scrap both and go back to Generation X? As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below!