While everybody involved in Legion is at pains to point out that the series, while an X-Men spin-off, is not going to look or feel anything like the X-Men movies, Fox is still clearly expecting big things from the series, which boasts Fargo’s Noah Hawley as showrunner.
Marvel and Fox have announced that when Legion premieres next year, it will air on the same day and date on Fox networks in over 125 countries across the world. The show was picked up for an eight-episode first season last week. The show is based on Marvel Comics character David Haller, aka, Legion, a man who’s mental illness has a profound impact on his superpowers.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with FOX Networks Group to launch Legion to a massive global audience,” says Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. “In our storytelling, it is imperative to us that we’re creating characters and a universe that resonates with people around the world and we are so proud to introduce this cast of characters to fans everywhere.”
“Legion brings the X-Men universe to life, as a character-driven, serialised TV show, in a truly amazing new way, and we’re pleased that X-Men fans will have the opportunity to see it simultaneously in the 125 countries where Fox is available,” says Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice.
“FX is thrilled to collaborate with our international partners to bring Legion to audiences worldwide and the day-and-date delivery will make this a truly global event,” says Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “With the universal appeal of the X-Men franchise, fans will be amazed with the artistry and ambition that Noah Hawley and this extraordinary cast have brought to Legion.”
The cast of Legion includes Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin. Production on Legion’s first season begins in Vancouver this summer.