In just a couple of weeks Fox will air their quasi-X-Men spinoff TV series, Legion. The show, starring Dan Stevens and Aubrey Plaza, does not take place in the same universe as the one seen in the film franchise.
However, the one being created by Matt Nix (Burn Notice) does. The untitled show will center on a world where people hate mutants and sentinels exist. Now it’s been announced that a pilot for that show has been ordered, and more details are coming out about it along with confirmation that longtime X-Men film director Bryan Singer will helm the pilot. Check it out below.
Reports confirm that the show will center on a family who are aware that their children are mutants. Forced to go out on the run, this family will hide from a government task force that is searching for them. At the same time, they will join forces with an underground network of mutants who will protect them. TV Line says that Singer, who has directed X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse, will helm the pilot episode of the show.
Despite Apocalypse being a box office dud, Fox has been planning to expand their X-Men franchise beyond just films. Legion and this untitled new show will do just that for the studio, the same way that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the collaboration with Netflix does the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it’s not as though we haven’t seen two shows that share the same property exist within different universes. Gotham is doing fine on its own, while Supergirl can co-exist with the Arrowverse despite being in a separate universe.
But given how poorly received Apocalypse was, is giving him the opportunity to direct the pilot episode the right decision? I can say that of all the X-Men films that are out there now, I liked First Class the most. Forgetting Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand, Singer’s X-Men films aren’t exactly special. Nothing really stands out between any of them and they fail to provide any character development or interesting stories.
Nix assures us that his show will be able to be a part of the film’s universe while also answering some of those lingering questions about why certain characters don’t appear or assist the family on the run. Here’s what he told Collider during the TCAs:
“It’s sort of designed to side-step questions like ‘Where is Wolverine?’ So you sort of have to answer those questions, and I didn’t want to do anything like ‘Wolverine is just offscreen!’ You know what I mean. So it exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend time dwelling on that issue.”
We’ll just have to wait and see if the pilot takes off up to Fox’s expectations.
[Source: TV Line | Collider]