The X-Men franchise is set to be just the second comic series to have both movie and TV interpretations. For the TV, that comes in the form of Legion, which is based on a mutant, who in the comics is Charles Xavier’s son, who has a plethora of powers, and a several mental disorder.
However, showrunner Noah Hawley has revealed, and confirmed to IGN, that this show isn’t connected to the films, as the world does not know about mutants. Rather, this film is all about the main character David Haller, and the truth about who and what he is:
“Part of the discovery is that he’s not alone – assuming that this is real and that he’s not alone. But again, there’s the mental illness factor of it. That sense that you can never be completely sure. But because the love story is so tied into this discovery – that he’s not sick, he’s got powers – we the audience really find ourselves hoping that that’s true. Because the other aspect of this which is important, I think, to explore is that mental illness is not… It’s a tragic condition that people have, and so I don’t want to use it for entertainment purposes. There really is a sense, and you’ll see when you see it, that once upon a time he was a little boy who had his whole life ahead of him, and then he began to hear voices and to see things, and ended up institutionalized, and there’s a tragedy, a tragic nature to that. So if we can ground that for the audience, then the idea that he’s fallen in love and that he’s not ill, there’s a hope to that that the audience is gonna grab onto. But never forgetting we feel that hope, because the alternative is loss.”
Legion is set to arrive on FX in 2017.