FX Networks has ordered the pilot for Legion, the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.
X-Men movie producers Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb will executive producer Legion alongside Jim Chory and John Cameron. Noah Hawley is writing the pilot and exec producing as well. Cameron and Hawley are FX veterans, having produced the award-winning Fargo for the network as well.
The Legion pilot will introduce the origin story of David Haller, who has been diagnosed schizophrenic, but after meeting a fellow patient he learns that he may not suffer from mental illness after all. He's a mutant. In Marvel Comics, Haller (who later takes on the codename Legion) is the long lost son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart in the movies). As a teenager, David's powers become too strong and uncontrollable, as his multiple personalities emerge, each seemingly controlling different mutant super powers.
There are many stories involving Legion that tie directly to the X-Men and the New Mutants, of which there's a Fox movie in development. Nick Grad, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions:
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at. 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.”