X-Men Spin-Off TV Shows Legion and Hellfire Coming to Fox

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For those who have begun to worry that the end of the Brian Singer X-Men is coming, this is likely not to be the end of this.  We thought for a long time that the clash between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox over the X-Men rights would stop them from allowing for the television shows to go forward.  Both of the shows come from the Chris Claremont run on X-Men that defined superhero comics in the 1990s, and have a huge string of executive producers including Brian Singer, Jeph Loeb, and Lauren Donner.

So far, FX has already ordered the pilot episode of Legion, which is being written by Fargo creator Noah Hawley.  Evan Katz and Manny Cho, who are known for their work on 24, are adapting Hellfire through development.  Patrick McKay and JD Payne will be writing the script for Hellfire, as well as serving as active executive producers.  There is a lot still to know about the show, but two summaries have been released for both.

Hellfire:

Fox’s “Hellfire” is set in the late 1960s and 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.

Legion:

Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

These new shows may be a sign that the animosity between Marvel and Fox is starting to wane.  The rumor here is that after the dismal failure of the last Fantastic Four movie, the franchise is heading back to Marvel in exchange for them allowing Fox to do these X-Men pilots.  At the same time

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