By: Adam Basciano
Today’s article is brought to you by the letters X and Y. Specifically X-Men and Y: The Last Man. Both properties are being translated for television. First, let’s look at the X-Men. It seems that FOX and Marvel have struck a deal to co-produce not one, but two X-Men related series. One is set up at FX, while the other is set up at Fox. Both shows will be produced by Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg. All three are key creative players in the X-Men film franchise. FX will produce a series based on the character Legion, while FOX focuses on the Hellfire Club. ” Legion 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. He’s based on the Marvel comics character Legion, the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the films), first introduced in 1985.” If Legion is the son of Xavier, does that mean, we’ll see everyone’s favourite bald, wheelchair bound mutant show up as well? Meanwhile, “set in the late 1960s, Hellfire, produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production – 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. A different version of The Hellfire Club was previously seen as the primary antagonists of X-Men: First Class, led by Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw.” No word on weather the Hellfire series, or Legion will have any link or connection to the X-Men film franchise, but either way, I’ll be tuning into both shows.
FX is staying with the comic book genre by developing Y: The Last Man, one of the most critically acclaimed comic books/graphic novels ever. “Brian K. Vaughan‘s beloved comic Y: The Last Man is coming to television. FX is teaming with Vaughan and Color Force’s Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson to develop the dystopian sci-fi comic as an ongoing series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A search is under way to find a writer to develop the series with Vaughan. A director for the potential series has not yet been determined. Y: The Last Man, which is purely in development at this time, will be produced by FX and FX Productions. For those unfamiliar with the story, Y: The Last Man “revolves around Yorick Brown — the last surviving human with a Y chromosome — and his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The series follows escape artist Yorick after the mysterious plague as he sets out to find what might have wiped out the world’s male chromosomes.” I’ve never read the story, but all my friends who have, say it is absolutely fantastic, and I am definitely adding it to my must read cue.
(Sources: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter)