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Marvel Co-Producing ‘Hellfire’ Series for Fox and ‘Legion’ for FX

TV superpowers Marvel and Fox are joining forces for two new series.

The comic studio is developing a “Hellfire” series for Fox broadcast, and a “Legion” cable show for FX, which has landed a pilot order, Variety has learned.

Both projects, based on Marvel’s X-Men comics, have “X-Men” feature helmer Bryan Singer attached as an exec producer. “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley is writing and exec producing “Legion.”

Fox’s “Hellfire” is set in the late 1960s and 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.

Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Jim Chory and Marvel’s Head of TV Marvel’s Jeph Loeb will serve as exec producers with Patrick McKay and JD Payne co-writing the script. “24” alums Katz and Coto will serve as showrunners. “Hellfire” hails from Marvel TV and 20th Century Fox with 20th handling the physical production of the series in development.

“We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology that has captivated fans for years,” said David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company. “These powerful and dynamic characters are complicated and larger-than-life, the pace and visual imagination are unrelenting, and the story takes place during one of the most explosive eras in recent history. We are so looking forward to working with this incredibly talented team.”

Jonathan Davis, president of creative affairs at 20th Century Fox Television, added: “‘Hellfire’ is a unique opportunity to be able to go deeper with some of these extraordinary characters, but to also dramatize new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about. The action at the center of ‘Hellfire’ will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too.”

FX’s “Legion,” which is also based on an X-Men character, will tell the story of a troubled young man, David Haller, who may be more than human. Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness, and diagnosed as schizophrenic — he 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. In Marvel Comics canon, the character is Professor Charles Xavier’s mutant son.

“‘Legion’ is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at,” Nick Grad — who serves as president of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions along with Eric Schrier — commented. “His adaption of ‘Fargo’ for television was one of the most acclaimed television events in recent memory. It’s also an honor to partner with Marvel on ‘Legion’ and to enlist such an accomplished team of executive producers to create this pilot.”

Hawley will pen the pilot and serve as exec producer, along with Singer, Shuler Donner, Kinberg, Loeb, Chory and “Fargo’s” John Cameron. FX Prods. will handle the physical production of the pilot, which will be co-produced by Marvel and FXP.

The character of Legion and the concept of Marvel’s Hellfire Club were introduced by writer Chris Claremont. Art for the former was provided by Bill Sienkiewicz, while artist and co-writer John Byrne collaborated with Claremont on The Hellfire Club.

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