FX's Legion may still be in the pilot stage, but X-Men film producer Simon Kinberg is already making big promises for the prospective series.
“TV shows give us an opportunity to go even further," Kinberg told Collider. "And certainly what I’m seeing on Legion with Noah Hawley and FX is an intent to do something completely original in the genre, in some ways to sort of blow up the paradigm of comic book or superhero stories and almost do our Breaking Bad of superhero stories.”
"It’s been extraordinary working with Noah Hawley [on Legion], who I think is a straight up genius," Kinberg continued. "Actually the idea for Legion, it began in conversations with Lauren Schuler Donner and Bryan Singer and Noah me, but I remember I was actually in Moscow last year about to go into a dinner, I was there for the Days of Future Past premiere, and I was sitting in a car outside a restaurant about to go into dinner. It was really early on in the process, like one of the first conversations, and Noah and I were on a call just the two of us just riffing ideas, and I was sitting outside what I thought was gonna be like a 10 minute call and I ended up sitting out there for three and a half hours, missing the dinner. Everybody had not only had the dinner but went home, and I just got off that call being like, ‘It’s midnight in Moscow but we have to make this show with this guy because he’s so brilliant.’ So that’s really ramping up now, the production’s ramping up to start shooting at the beginning of the year with FX.”
Kinberg also spoke about the different genres explored in the various X-Men franchise films, including what to expect from 2016's Gambit.
“I mean the thing that’s cool, and that’s the hope in branching out to TV, is that we can tell these X-Men stories in a slightly different way and even with a slightly different tone," he explained. "It’s one of the things we’re kind of doing in the different movie franchises. I mean Deadpool obviously has a very different, almost antithetical tone to the mainline X-Men movies. The X-Men movies are dramatic and almost operatic, whereas Deadpool is irreverent and hysterical and sort of a dirty R-rated comedy in many ways. And Gambit will have its own different flavor and tone to it, will be more of like a heist movie and a sexy thriller in a way."
Finally, Kinberg spoke about Hellfire, the other X-Men TV series in the works, this one at Fox.
“The Hellfire script we have an amazing writing team, really two writing teams working together on it, and also that will shoot next year.”
Both Legion and Hellfire are currently in pre-production with FX and Fox, respectively.