Although the action horror movie Legion doesn't hit theaters until Jan. 22, director and co-writer Scott Stewart says he already has plans for two more films that could be done in very different genres -- provided of course that the film does well.
Stewart co-wrote the script for Legion along with Peter Schink. But in a rare Hollywood case of keeping it in the family, the director also also co-wrote the four-issue comic book from which the film is based, Legion: Prophets with Tom Waltz for IDW Publishing. The comic which came out last November is considered a prequel to the film, and characters mentioned or referred to in the movie are fleshed out in the comic book.
While at at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention this past Sunday, Stewart and cast members screened footage of the film and answered questions at the convention. There he told SciFiWire:
I have two other films in mind after Legion. I have mapped out two other very different kinds of movies.
Stewart also acknowledged that the genre switch up within a franchise doesn't come without precedent, comparing it to the Terminator movies and Aliens:
Of course, it's too early to say how if it will happen, but I want to do something different and change the genre quite a bit, like James Cameron does with his sequels.
Legion deals with the final battle between the archangels Michael (Paul Bettany) and Gabriel (Kevin Durand). When God loses faith in humankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner with the Archangel Michael. The film also features Lucas Black, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Adrianne Palicki, Tyrese Gibson and Doug Jones rounding out the cast.
Stewart explained his plans for the sequels, saying:
I can see this as a three-part story, and the next part would be a very broad kind of movie. I would open up the next movie [with the Legion] characters, and make it more accessible to a bigger audience. That is my goal.
The comic book expands the themes of the film, and other characters can be introduced beyond the five seemingly ordinary people who are brought together in an isolated diner in the desert of New Mexico.
I like taking very familiar suburban characters or situations and putting them in horrifying situations, like Tyrese's character, who is a dad who got lost on his way to a child-custody hearing to keep his daughter and has to make a phone call.
I've liked the clips I've seen from the film so far. What I don't like is the beginning of the trailer. Spider-grandma isn't a great selling point and when I've seen the trailer shown in theaters it makes everybody laugh in all the wrong ways. But the action looks cool, and anytime we get to see Doug Jones in a role that looks physically impossible is always a plus.
Stewart is also in post-production on another unrelated comic-book adaptation, the sci-fi vampire movie Priest which coincidentally also stars Bettany.
What do you think of Stewart's sequel ideas for LEGION? Are you going to see LEGION when it hits theaters?