FX has ordered a pilot for Legion, a show based on the character of David Haller, Professor X's estranged son.
According to the announcement, the show's version of Haller is a young man plagued by mental illness and diagnosed as schizophrenic who must confront the possibility that the voices he hears and visions he sees are real.
The pilot is being written by Noah Hawley (Fargo), and he is also as an executive producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and John Cameron, as well as Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. No mention is made of Legion's connection to the X-Men film franchise or to Professor X.
“Legion is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” said Nick Grad, co-President of Original Programming at FX. “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.”
Comic book conspiracy theorists might also take note that this means a division of 20th Century Fox is working with Marvel on a project with one foot potentially in the X-Men cinematic universe.