Bryan Singer Says LEGION and HELLFIRE Series Will Explore New Layers of the X-Men Universe
As of right now, two X-Men inspired TV projects are in development at Fox. They are called Legion and Hellfire. It seems Bryan Singer is going to have a hand in bringing these projects to life.
Legion is set up at FX and it will be written and produced by Fargo creator Noah Hawley. We previously learned that this show "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."
Hellfire is being developed by Evan Katz (24: Live Another Day), Manny Coto (24), Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond), and JD Payne (Star Trek Beyond). It will be set in the late 1960s, and it "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."
During an interview with Variety, Singer talked about these two series saying that they will explore untapped layers within the X-Men universe. He explained:
“I think the underbelly [could be explored]. There’s always something interesting about a school that’s got a military aspect beneath its classrooms. Is there another layer to all of that? Is there another layer to the Hellfire Club? The idea of, ‘Who’s running the world?’ — that’s something that was touched upon in First Class but has yet to be fully explored.
"It just has to be explored in a very gentle, methodical way. And I’ve seen it go haywire. I’m not going to be specific where I believe it has. The audience will tell you. But when it’s done right, it all can connect.”
There’s a lot of potential for these series. Fox has a ton of mutant characters to play with, and there’s a whole comic history as well for the creators of these series to pull from. Singer has been involved with the X-Men since 2000, so it makes sense that he would want to be involved with these projects. As far as more X-Men films go, he said:
“When you spend nearly two decades in a universe, to simply say, ‘I’m done,’ or, ‘I’m going to abandon it,’ just wouldn’t make sense to me. I’m very connected to this universe and a lot of these actors, and also the characters, whomever plays them. So never say never."
I’ve seen a lot of reviews for X-Men: Apocalypse, and many of them are saying that it’s time for Singer to move on, but according to this statement, it doesn’t sound like he’s going anywhere.