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X-Men tale 'Legion' finds a home on TV

FX orders the Marvel mutant series, meaning soon the X-Men may try to take over your small screens too. Because we all need more mutants.

Alan Markfield

Hot on the heels of "X-Men: Apocalypse" and its $80 million Memorial Day weekend in the US, FX Networks said Tuesday that it's picking up an X-Men-related TV series, "Legion."

20th Century Fox and Marvel crafted a pilot for "Legion" late last year, and it stars Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey"), Aubrey Plaza ("Parks & Rec"), Jean Smart ("Fargo," "24"), Rachel Keller ("Fargo") and Katie Aselton ("The League"). The series revolves around David Haller, a schizophrenic who has struggled with mental illness most of his life -- at least he thought he did until he begins to realize the voices he hears may be real. In the comics, Haller was the son of Professor Charles Xavier and had a wide range of mutant abilities. No telling yet how deep the show will delve into his powers or background, even.

Right now, "Legion" will be the second live-action Marvel series on television when it begins (depending on how others in development continue), and it will be the first outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that doesn't mean it's not all in the family: Marvel TV's Executive Vice President Jeph Loeb is listed as a producer, as well as X-Men helmers Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer, in addition to a few others.

For the most part, expect this to be a strictly mutants-centric show, but that does leave room for those precious Deadpool cameos. Production on the eight-episode series begins this year with a tentative premiere date of 2017.

Editors' Note, June 1, 2016: This piece has been updated to clarify that "Legion" will be the second TV show on air after the recent cancellation of "Agent Carter."