Deadline is reporting something very promising for the future of both the X-Men and Marvel cinematic universes, as Marvel Television and Fox are together developing two shows based on X-Men properties for FX.
The first series will focus on the son of Charles Xavier, titled Legion.
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. He’s based on the Marvel comics character Legion, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the films), first introduced in 1985.
Hawley will write the pilot and serve as an executive producer with Shuler Donner, Singer, Kinberg, Loeb, Chory, John Cameron (Fargo) and Steve Blackman. The pilot for Legion will be produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” FX’s Nick Grad 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.”
Second, will be based around the notorious Hellfire Club, which was finally adapted in the 60’s set X-Men: First Class. It’ll be interesting the avenues for both of these shows, as FX allows a bit more mature material to be used on the air. Something similar to what Marvel is doing over at Netflix. This new show will also be set in the 60’s, which will make it the second Marvel series set in a different era. Agent Carter seemingly has been a wonderful example of what can be done with Hellfire.
Set in the late 1960s, Hellfire, produced by 20th Century Fox TV 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.
Fans need to take notice of this deal, as this is the first time the two production companies have worked together on a live-action project.
Behind the scenes talk has always pointed to a heated beef between Fox and Marvel, due to the inability of Fox to share character rights they secured in the 90s with Marvel. While that seems like a possibly thing, since the announcement of Sony teaming with Marvel to help with Spider-Man, I’m sure Fox is worried they could miss their chance to capitalize on a partnership. A television deal like this could help foster a new relationship between the two companies, and we might see the cinematic teams develop collaborations as well.
Lauren Shuler Donner is a producer on both projects, she and Kevin Feige worked closely together on the first couple of X-Men films. It’s possible that relationship might be a key factor why this was put together in the first place.
Avengers: Infinity War could easily include the Fantastic Four and X-Men, if the two reach an agreement, before cameras start rolling. There was word from Marvel’s Kevin Feige that they always develop back-up stories/scripts for projects, just in-case they get rights to characters they don’t own. Those two films would be perfect excuses for a crossover with Fox’s characters.
Then again, all we have to do is look at those three untitled dates Marvel slated for 2020, which could really be anything at this point. Maybe, Fox and Marvel will collaborate on something like Avengers: Secret War, Fantastic Four 2, new X-Men films, or even new Wolverine films with a recast actor. It’s worth noting a co-production deal for the films wouldn’t be that crazy, as it would benefit the two studios greatly in cross promotion and establishing this huge comic book universe.
Do you think this collaboration between Fox and Marvel is our first concrete sign they could come to an agreement about a cinematic crossover?