It’s been rumored for years but Fox is bringing mutants to television. FOX and FX are working on shows that feature characters from the X-Men universe in the form of Hellfire and Legion .
Hellfire is set to début on FOX and will feature characters based on a group of X-Men villains that debuted in 1980 called the Hellfire Club. The group is based around chess pieces (White Queen, Black King you get it) and they were a secret society that wore fancy clothes based in the 1600s and were all generally awful people who were all out for themselves and would stab each other in the back to elevate their own stature. Their first and perhaps most notable comeuppance is when Wolverine (thought dead) snuck inside and dismantled the members one by one.
Here is the official synopsis:
Set in the late 1960s, the series – which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20thCentury 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.
The time period could be interesting and Emma Frost seems like a shoe in for a role. If any of this sort of sounds familiar it’s because The Hellfire Club were the bad guys in X-Men: First Class and if you are wondering if Kevin Bacon is going to make an appearance remember, that the timeline was well and properly wiped in X-Men: Days of Future Past so all bets are off.
FX seems to be going even more obscure with Legion, a show about David Haller, the estranged son of Professor Charles Xavier, an Omega level mutant with a power set that will mostly confuse and annoy you. In short, he’s one of the strongest mutants on the planet who has hundreds of other Omega level in his mind. He is literally crazy and that crazy keeps him from becoming you know…. the most powerful thing ever.
Noah Hawley is developing, and if the name sounds familiar it’s because he’s the series creator behind Fargo.
The official Synopsis:
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. He’s based on the Marvel comics character Legion, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the films), first introduced in 1985.
Bryan singer is attached to both shows as producer and according to Devin Faraci over at BirthMoviesDeath the mutants getting TV time is due to a new deal that Fox must have inked with Marvel as the original deal meant that Fox could only use mutants in films but were barred from TV. So what did Marvel get from the deal? There were rumors that Fantastic Four was making its way back to Marvel but those had been shot down. So what else? Money? something else?
So there you have it, the Mutants are coming to TV. What do you guys think? Lets us know in the comments below.