Marvel‘s Hellfire and Legion series Potentially becoming TV Series. Fox is developing a Hellfire TV series and FX has ordered a pilot episode for a potential first season order (if the episode turns out well) of Legion. Hellfire will be based on the Hellfire Club, a group of villains that inhabit the Marvel universe. Legion will be based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name who is a mentally ill mutant and the son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller.
More on the Hellfire TV series and the people behind it:
Set in the late 1960s, the series — which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production — 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.
Evan Katz (“24: Live Another Day”), Manny Coto (“24”), Patrick McKay (“Star Trek 3”) and JD Payne (“Star Trek 3”) are co-creators. McKay and Payne will write the pilot script, based on a story by Katz, Coto, McKay and Payne.
On the comic book incarnation of the Hellfire Club:
The Hellfire Club is a fictional society within the Marvel Comics Universe that often comes into confrontation with the mutant superhero team, the X-Men. Although the Club appears to merely be an international social club for wealthy elites, its clandestine Inner Circle seeks to influence world events, in accordance with their own agenda.
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The pilot introduces the story of David Haller: 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.
Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones) will write the pilot
On the comic book incarnation of Legion:
Legion (David Charles Haller)…has a severe mental illness, including a form of dissociative identity disorder, with each of his personas controlling one of his many superpowers.
I believe both series, like Daredevil and Jessica Jones, will service to diversify the Marvel universe in the eyes of television viewers, planting more Marvel Television Universe seeds on new television networks but more importantly, in the minds of new TV and film consumers. With the Hellfire being set in the 1960’s, that will potentially bring in a new TV viewing demographic to Marvel. With mental illness being explored in Legion (as well a Xavier’s progeny), TV viewer will be privy to a different type comic book TV series.
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