FX's LEGION Won't Link to the X-MEN Movies

Written by Andrew Pollard Tuesday, 17 January 2017

TV News

With FX’s Legion less than a month away from its premiere, it’s been confirmed that the show isn’t existing in the same world as 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movies.

Given how the lead character of the series, Dan Stevens’ David Haller, is the son of Professor X, fans have been eager to see whether this new show would tie directly in with the big screen movies which see James McAvoy and Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier. That will not be the case, though. But while Noah Hawley’s Legion won’t link to the main X-Men movies, it sees that Matt Nix’s upcoming to-be-titled X-show for FOX may.

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner told IGN, “We’re making it [Legion] separate. We’re our own world. Matt’s is much more a part of the world in terms of there are mutants, mutants are hated, and there are Sentinels – though very different from what we’ve seen before. You feel like you’re here in the X-Men world. With Legion, we’re out own universe. It gives Noah the freedom to do what he wants to do. Because we play with so many different timelines, and we rebooted and not really rebooted and all that, we felt like, OK, we’re going to throw it out there and hope the fans accept it.”

She then added, “The cinematic universe will not worry about Legion. They will not worry about these TV worlds at all. They will just continue in the way that they have been continuing, and there is some great stuff that we are developing. I can just say it’s going to be new and different, and yet Legion and our other show, we’re not going to get in each other’s way.”

The official blurb on Legion reads:

Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.

A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.

Legion will debut on FX on February 8th.

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