Simon Kinberg Calls X-Men's Legion the "Breaking Bad of Superhero Series"

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 3:15PM
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 3:15PM
Simon Kinberg Calls X-Men's Legion the "Breaking Bad of Superhero Series"
With Marvel finding massive success in their smaller, darker properties, Fox is looking to join in on the Golden Age of television with their X-Men series Legion and Hellfire. In a recent interview, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the series are entering production next year:

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"Legion and Hellfire are both super active," Kinberg told Collider. "So [Legion is] really ramping up now, the production's ramping up to start shooting at the beginning of the year with FX... The Hellfire script we have an amazing writing team, really two writing teams working together on it, and also that will shoot next year."
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But where Hellfire, which landed at Fox, will be more of a traditional superhero show, Legion is a smaller, more intimate story, and it will air on FX, which is known for its darker, grittier material. And between the subject matter and the influence of Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, who is writing the pilot, Kinberg is confident enough to call the show the Breaking Bad of superhero shows:

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"I mean the thing that's cool and that's the hope in branching out to TV is that we can tell these X-Men stories in a slightly different way and even with a slightly different tone... So the TV shows give us an opportunity to go even further and certainly what I'm seeing on Legion with Noah and FX is an intent to do something completely original in the genre, in some ways to sort of blow up the paradigm of comic book or superhero stories and almost do our Breaking Bad of superhero stories."
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Legion will follow David Haller, Professor X's son in the comics, a young man who has suffered from schizophrenia for his entire life. In the pilot, he begins to confront the possibility that the voices and hallucinations could be real. While Hellfire follows a large superhero ensemble, Legion follows one potentially antiheroic protagonist, so depending on the treatment, it could live up to the Breaking Bad comparison (although those are some pretty big shoes to fill). 
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