Marvel announced today that they are developing two new TV shows with X-Men producers Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, for Fox and FX. Fox is developing Hellfire, which is only a working title at this point, while FX has issued a pilot order for Legion. Neither project has been branded as an X-Men series, but they both feature characters set within the same universe, based on characters from the Marvel comics.
Set in the late 1960s, Hellfire -- 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. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who wrote an early version of the Star Trek Beyond script, have been set to write the pilot and executive produce. Here's what David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company had to say in a statement.
"We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology that has captivated fans for years. These powerful and dynamic characters are complicated and larger-than-life, the pace and visual imagination are unrelenting, and the story takes place during one of the most explosive eras in recent history. We are so looking forward to working with this incredibly talented team."
Hellfire is a co-production of 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television. Evan Katz (24: Live Another Day), Manny Coto (24: Live Another Day), Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) and JD Payne (Star Trek Beyond) 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 James 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. Here's what Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television, had to say in his statement.
"Hellfire is a unique opportunity to be able to go deeper with some of these extraordinary characters, but to also dramatize new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about. The action at the center of Hellfire will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too!"
FX Networks has ordered the pilot for Legion, the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. 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.
Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones) will write the pilot and serve as an 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 Martian), Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Daredevil), James Chory (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Daredevil) and John Cameron (Fargo, The Big Lebowski). The pilot for Legion will be produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production. Here's what FX's Nick Grad had to say in a statement.
"Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at. 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."
Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the Executive Producers of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning FX limited series Fargo. It's worth noting that, the lead character in Legion, David Haller, is the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier and Israeli Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller in the comics, but it isn't known if this connection will be made in the series. Are you excited for both of these new X-Men shows to hit the airwaves?