There hasn't been a lot of movement on that Hellfire Club TV series, but FX has today picked up Legion for an eight episode first season which will begin production this summer in Vancouver. The plan is for it to then debut in early 2017. Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming have made the news official and the network released the first image of Dan Stevens in the role.
"We’ve come to expect excellence from Noah Hawley and with 'Legion' he has delivered another major creative achievement," said Grad in a statement released via Marvel.com. "Just as he did in reimagining 'Fargo,' he is bringing an entirely new aesthetic and sensibility to the enormously popular and richly represented X-Men world. The pilot episode is stunning, driven by incredible performances from Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Rachel Keller and the rest of the cast. We join our producing partners at Marvel in congratulating the creative team for what they’ve accomplished and are as excited as the fans for the premiere of 'Legion’s' first season."
"Marvel Television is thrilled to not only have our first partnership with FX go to series, but working with the enormously talented Noah Hawley makes it even better," said Executive Producer and Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb, "From the first time we heard Noah's vision to his exceptional script and cast through the extraordinary filming of the pilot, we knew the series would be incredible."
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. It doesn't seem as if this series will follow the comic books too closely (in those, David looks a lot different and is the son of Charles Xavier), but you have to believe it's in safe hands with Hawley. More on Legion will no doubt be revealed later this year.