Syfy Orders TV Pilot Based on ‘Legion’ Film

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A TV series based on a film is always a loaded proposition, especially when the film in question relates to an established franchise. This was certainly the case with current series Hannibal and Bates Motel. However, for other lesser known films, TV can be a fresh start and provide the second chance for a first impression with audiences. Just ask Joss Whedon, as his Buffy the Vampire Slayer series far surpassed its big-screen source material.

Now it appears that Syfy will try something similar with the 2010 film Legion. The film starred Paul Bettany as the archangel Michael who arrives on Earth to face off against an invading horde of dark angels. Upon theatrical release, Legion was critically panned (read our review) but was ultimately a financial success, earning $40 million domestically against a $26 million production budget. We’d previously heard that a TV adaptation was in the works, and now Syfy has officially ordered a pilot episode.

While the film chronicled the beginning of a celestial war, the series pilot – which will be retitled Dominion – takes place 25 years into the ongoing battle between angels and humanity. The series focuses on one young soldier who discovers that he is the key to ending the war and saving the human race. Scott Stewart, co-writer and director of Legion, will direct the pilot and serves as an executive producer on the project.

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Given its premise, it sounds like Dominion will use the film as a kind of prologue. In Legion, Michael was determined to protect an unborn child who was destined to save humanity. So it can easily be assumed that the protagonist of the series will follow through on that prophecy and see this child – now a young adult – grapple with his destiny and rise up to become a leader in the battle for mankind.

Legion may not have been particularly well-received, but the premise of Dominion certainly holds a lot of promise, provided that its creators can manage to develop this epic storyline over the course of a weekly series and within the limits of a television budget. Then again, shows like The Walking Dead have managed to recount humanity’s struggle to survive amidst a post-apocalyptic world to great success. So perhaps Dominion can achieve something similar.

Would you watch a TV series based on Legion, should Syfy decide to take Dominion to series? Sound off in the comments section below.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Dominion as this story develops.

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  1. As a lot of people have seemingly forgotten how the movie finished, played out I will give a brief synopsis. Of course this will contain a few spoilers. It’s a story, it was not meant to change biblical dogma. Anyway, Michael decides by his OWN will to leave Heaven as he was always taught to love humans, and he was the first angel to bow to them. Come to find out the reason he does this is due to a man named Jeep who loves a woman and who is with another man’s child, yet Jeep loves her and he holds on to ALL hope. They sit in a dinner fighting off “angels” until Gabriel is called down to dispatch of the baby, which Michael said he wouldn’t do. As he and Gabriel fight, Michael says, “You give him what he wants, while I gave him what he needs. Which is why you failed him.” Michael also says to Jeep, “That the future is unwritten, this does not mean that God had forgiven the humans, but it gives you another chance.” God saw Michael sacrifice himself, so in turn God returned Michael to angelic status. The movie ends with Jeep, the baby, and the mother driving off to fight whatever get’s in their way.

    There are a lot of ways that this can play out, and I would recommend a lot of you giving it a chance if you haven’t watched the movie yet!

    • I thought the show last night was very well written and I can’t wait until next Thursday. Keep them coming! We all need hope.

  2. Loved the movie think this series could be great if done right

  3. Loved the mvie and I am EXCITED about the show. Can’t wait till Thursday for new episodes. Keep it coming.

  4. Great show

  5. Please do it. I would love to see the series

  6. What has happened to the show? Will their be a second season? It can’t end with climbing the mountain and know nothing else now. Your killing me syfy!!!!