After years of movie domination, and on the heels of X-Men: Apocalypse‘s $65 million opening weekend, mutants are now looking to take over the small screen, with the X-Men origin drama Legion ordered to series at FX.
The show hails from FX Productions and Marvel Television, and will be executive produced by Fargo creator and showrunner Noah Hawley.
“Marvel Television is thrilled to not only have our first partnership with FX go to series, but working with the enormously talented Noah Hawley makes it even better,” executive producer Jeph Loeb said, following the announcement. “From the first time we heard Noah’s vision to his exceptional script and cast through the extraordinary filming of the pilot, we knew the series would be incredible.”
Legion will follow David Haller (played by Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) who’s a diagnosed schizophrenic and has been in and out of psychiatric facilities his entire life. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he begins to believe that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may very well be real. David also happens to have a very interesting tie to the X-Men universe — according to the comics, he is Professor Charles Xavier’s mutant son.
FX’s Presidents of Original Programming Nick Grad and Eric Schrier announced the news today, calling the new show a “major creative achievement.”
“Just as he did in reimagining Fargo, [Noah] is bringing an entirely new aesthetic and sensibility to the enormously popular and richly represented X-Men world. The pilot episode is stunning, driven by incredible performances from [Stevens], Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Rachel Keller and the rest of the cast,” Grad said in FX’s statement. “We join our producing partners at Marvel in congratulating the creative team for what they’ve accomplished and are as excited as the fans for the premiere of Legion‘s first season.”