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CBTVB: Fox’s TV Projects Present Interesting Developments for X-Men Shows

By Muuka Muyumba

Fox is breaking open the X-Men universe with new TV projects on Fox TV (Hellfire) and FX (Legion) coming in the next year or so.

Yesterday, news broke that writers Evan Katz and Manny Coto, who co-created the show, are leaving to head up Fox’s 24: Legacy reboot. Not only are the co-creators leaving, but story originators, Patrick McKay and John D. Payne will also depart, leaving no writers on staff for the project. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Hellfire is now “…on a slower development track…” possibly putting this show on life-support. At the very least, the pilot will not happen this year.

Hellfire was going to tell the story of a young special agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires, aka The Hellfire Club, to take over the world. Sources of the Hollywood Reporter tell them that Fox remains committed to the project “…as the X-Men franchise remains a valuable asset of the company.”

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As for the Legion, the news is a bit more of a headscratcher as the FX drama won’t crossover with the X-Men movie universe. The show is being developed by Fargo’s Noah Hawley, and tells the story of a David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who has spent much of his life in and out of psychiatric hospitals. However, he later discovers that the voices are real as he is a mutant with great telepathic abilities. Another major characteristic Haller is that he is the son of Professor Charles Xavier.

In a quote from the Television Critics Association press event this weekend, FX President John Landgraf explained, “It’s not in the continuity of those films in the sense that the current X-Men films take place in a universe where everybody on planet earth is aware of the existence of mutants. The series Legion takes place takes place in a parallel universe in which the U.S. Government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist, but the public does not. I wouldn’t foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes.”

Landgraf also noted that FX is already in “active prep” for the show building the infrastructure even though only one member of the cast has been announced so far. Landgraft stated that he still expects the show to hit in 2016.

Source: Entertainment Weekly