(Warning - the following contains mild potential SPOILERS for Fox's upcoming X-Men-themed TV show Legion. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests is wise...)
When news broke late last year that Fox was planning a pair of X-Men-themed TV shows, fans of Marvel's merry mutants were unsurprisingly overjoyed. The X-Universe is, after all, perhaps the most perfectly suited to television adaptation of any superhero sub-genre going, being filled close to bursting with fascinating and engaging minor characters that are unlikely to ever make it to the big screen.
What's more, the two shows currently in development - Legion and Hellfire Club sound better and better the more we hear about them. Most recently:
FX CEO John Landsgraf Has Opened Up About What We Can Expect From 'Legion'
Specifically, it seems that the FX-bound show - focusing on the severely mentally ill son of Professor X, David Haller - will not be set in the established X-Men movie universe at all. As Landgraf recently revealed to /Film that:
"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. Legion takes place in a parallel universe if you will where the government is aware mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn’t see characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes."
Seeing as David has a form of dissociative identity disorder to go along with a ridiculously powerful set of mutant abilities, however, that parallel nature doesn't seem likely to cause a lack of interest. Y'see, David's powers are each controlled by a different persona - meaning that he's essentially a superhero team unto himself - with one snag: he's not usually all that much of a hero.
Thankfully, it seems we're not too far away from seeing the finished product, with Landgraf also revealing to the Television Critics Association that:
"We’re quite well along. We have a writing staff working. We’ve seen not only the pilot script but many episodes. I would anticipate Legion will go on the air sometime in 2016, this year."
While also noting (again to /Film) that - despite the lack of a full season order - there's a very strong chance of us seeing Legion get past the pilot stage:
"We don’t tend to order series straight out the gate. I still believe in the pilot process. We’re already in active prep, building sets and our writers room has already been assembled and beaten out the first season. Generally when we have a pilot we’ll commission at least three or four scripts. I think we’ve only made five drama pilots that haven’t gone to series. The vast majority of things we pilot do go forward to series but there are times we run into creative problems or production problems. I’m pretty optimistic about Legion I have to say. The scripts are extraordinary."
Which, since it seems set to be both completely unhinged and - most likely - absolutely fantastic, appears to be one of those 'very good things' we hear so much about, but so very rarely actually see...
What do you reckon, though?