Just a few days ago, it was announced that Fox and Marvel would be working together to produce two X-men-related TV shows. One of the shows, titled Hellfire (working title), will be shown on FOX, the main broadcasting channel, while the other show, titled Legion, would be shown on Fox’s more mature content-based network, FX. Hellfire is to be written by Patrick McKay & JD Payne, and Co-Produced Marvel Television & 20th Century Fox Television. Legion is to be written and produced by Noah Hawley. Recently, Hawley decided to speak out about his new project, and he had a few interesting things to say.
Noah sat down with TV Insider, and the discussed many things about the show, and even the future of Fargo, but we’ll just highlight on the things we found most interesting. For example, when asked how he ended up writing and developing an X-men show, he states:
“It’s been in the works for a long time. Some of that was Marvel dealmaking process. Fox has rights to make movies and sort of tacitly the rights to do TV, but they’ve never done it before so they had to work out all the details.”
Later, something that’s most surprising is when he states that he’s “…not a huge comics person“, then goes on to say that while initially developing the show, it wasn’t “…even based on any of the characters from the universe“. This may pose a serious issue to fans of the X-men, seeing as how this WILL be based off one of their characters, but then Hawley states that he did read X-men comics growing up, and he has a clear understanding of the struggle between the mutants:
“Magneto feels that he knows humans will try to wipe them out because they’re a fear-based animal, and so they have to be wiped out first. Which, given his past, is a totally legitimate feeling. And you’ve got Professor X saying, no, we have to teach them, and get them to the place where they can accept us, which is also a totally valid point of view.
I like those two morally opposite ideas could exist in this world. I basically came up with a TV show that I wanted to tell and then found the right character for it. It was more about trying to find my way to what the show was. In some ways reverse engineering it. We found the perfect character…”
Following that statement, Hawley specifies on why he chose David Haller/Legion to represent the character in this world he was trying to create:
“What I really like about him is, here’s a character who is schizophrenic on some level, a character struggling with mental illness. Is he crazy or does he have these powers? The answer is, kind of both. I’m a big believer that the structure of a story should reflect the content of the story. And so I liked the idea that if you have a character that doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not real, that is also the audience’s journey.”
Later in the interview, he states that Legion will be conceived as a standalone project from the X-men films, unlike the Marvel formula which includes their TV shows in the same universe as their movies. Also, he doesn’t think there will be any possibilities of a crossover with FOX’s other X-men show Hellfire, which was presented at the same time. He didn’t have much to say on those topics, so maybe he could just be playing coy and know more than he’s letting on. Either way, the fact that there will be two X-men properties being turned into TV shows by Fox & Marvel is pretty exciting. Hopefully the people in charge don’t stray too far away from the origins and source material of the comics.
If you want to read the full TV Insider interview, you can here .
FOX’s Hellfire (Working title) pilot release has yet to be dated.
FX’s Legion pilot release has yet to be dated.