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The X-Men universe comes to TV

X-Men_Hellfire_Club_Vol_1_4FX and FOX are forging ahead with two new Marvel TV series set in the X-Men universe.

FX Networks has ordered a pilot for Legion, the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. According to FX, “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 will pen the pilot. “Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions said. “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.”

In the comicstrip continuity, Haller is the son of Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Gabrielle Haller, first appearing in New Mutants #25 in 1985. The character was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Fox, meanwhile, are working on Hellfire (a working title), set in the late 1960s, following 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.

“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,” David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company said. “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 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,” Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television added. “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!”

The Hellfire Club has already appeared in X-Men First Class, to which the TV series would appear to be a sequel. The original concept owes a lot to the 1966 episode of The Avengers, A Touch of Brimstone, and various characters have been named after the actors and characters from that show.

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