Legion’s Tone Will Be Different, Says Director

Deadpool was a great movie for casual fans. It was also a great movie for comic book fans. Fox Studios should be very happy. Not because the movie did great at the box office or because the Merc with a Mouth is basically a pop culture icon.. but because it worked. Their plan to establish a cinematic universe by bringing someone other than an X-men member into the fray worked brilliantly. Fox proved that their cinematic universe could take on their well established competitors so naturally, they started expanding even more after having their gamble pay off. They moved quickly to secure a slot on FX for their own show called Legion. Legion follows David Haller, son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier, through his life as he deals with mental illness. Diagnosed with paranoia and schizophrenia in his teenage years because of the constant voices he hears. When held in an asylum with a mutant inmate, he learns the voice may not just be in head and that he’s reading the thoughts of other people. Director of the show, Simon Kinberg, had a lot to say about the show. He emphasized that it’ll carry a different tone than the usual antics of the movies, much like Marvel has done with its TV sector. Courtesy of heroichollywood.com:

“The success of [Deadpool] showed the studio that not just the mainline X-Menmovies, but there are characters – and characters with different tones and different vibes, that can justify their own movies as well. So Gambit, and Deadpool, and New Mutants, and even others – we’re really serious about making, and then, like the way Marvel has done so brilliantly, the Marvel Studios have done so brilliantly, feeding them in and out of each other’s stories. Tonally, it’s very different. Noah [Hawley] is a genius – he wrote and created and directed the pilot to Legion – and it is a very different sensibility than anything we’ve done with the X-Men movies. Almost, I would say, as radically different as Deadpoolwas from the mainline X-Men movies.”

The show is set to release in early 2017.