Marvel and Fox Team up for X-Men TV Series
Well, that’s my week done. This news has made the inner 10 year old (and the outer 33 year old) so happy that the rest of the week is a write off frankly. Shan’t be doing any more work.
The news that Marvel and Fox have managed to come to an agreement to begin developing 2 new TV shows set in the X-Men universe is enough to make any geek grin with glee.
It was announced today by David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company that they will be developing a series entitled Hellfire and another called Legion.
Set in the late 1960s, the series 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.
“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,” said Madden. “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.”
While Hellfire may be a working title (in case parents get upset that it may be too religious or offensive, or too religiously offensive) it looks like the series will centre on on of my favourite X-Men storylines – one that has had a huge impact on the X-Men universe without having to include Wolverine and Cyclops in every episode.
Those X-fans who don’t know the character of Legion (hang your head in shame) he is the son of Professor X and Gabrielle Haller; a schizophrenic psychic of astronomical proportions. Each of his personalities manifests a different psychic ability, giving the show plenty of room to invent and eliminate characters as they choose.
Legion and has been given a pilot order at FX and will be written and produced by Fargo creator Noah Hawley. Hawley is a great choice to take on this project. I love what he did with Fargo, and I have faith that he’ll bring fans an awesome series. Regarding the project, FX’s Nick Grad said:
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at. His adaptation of Fargo for television was one of the most acclaimed television events in recent memory. It’s also an honour to partner with Marvel on Legion and to enlist such an accomplished team of Executive Producers to create this pilot.”
These are brilliant choices – in my humble opinion – to pursue for television. Keeping the X-Universe alive without too much dependence on the main X-characters. This is why we love the X-Universe, the range of characters that have been created over the years is mind-boggling. And since Marvel is adamant that they don’t want any new ones created and used in Fox films, it makes sense to delve into these awesome and bizarre characters to flesh out the Fox franchise.
Plus Hellfire means tonnes of side-boob and skimpy outfits, which is sure to please some of you guys.