Legion, the Noah Hawley (Fargo) developed X-Men spin-off for the FX network has just been picked up for an eight episode order in early 2017.
Per a press release from Marvel, here’s how the new series is described:
“Legion” 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.
Hawley’s Fargo is one of the best shows on television, right alongside The Americans and Louie, all of which air on FX. Hopes are high that this can be another winner for the network that’s quickly amassed an impressive line-up that’s threatening to overtake HBO as the go-to choice for critics.
Dan Stevens plays the role of Haller, and given that he’s been terrific in just about everything he’s involved in (particularly the fun thriller The Guest), this should be a star-making turn. He’s joined by Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, and Jean Smart.
Legion is the first of two X-Men related television series that Fox has aimed to produce to continue their investment in the franchise beyond just the silver screen. Hellfire, the second proposed effort, has been back-burnered as its showrunners left for the latest iteration of the popular 24.
This has a strong chance of being the best X-Men related live action presentation yet, my faith in Hawley is that strong.
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