30 Aug 2016 6:24 PM +00:00 UTC

Singer Says New X-Men "Legion" Show Will Be Set in the Movieverse, Others Disagree

Bryan Singer said that the upcomingX-men "Legion" TV show will relate to the X-Men movies, CBR reports. At the Edinburgh Television Film Festival, Singer said that the show is "part of the ‘X-Men' universe, but when you watch it, you won't have to label it, it can exist completely on its own." He says the show "will relate to future ‘X-Men' movies" as well as feature a "really ambitious and fun and very unique storyline."

The FX channel is developing Legion with Noah Hawkley (Fargo) as a producer. The official description for the show reads:

"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."
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Interestingly, previous statements made by the CEO of FX Networks, John Landgraf, contradict Singer's statement. He claimed that the show wasn't in the main canon put in ""a parallel universe" where "the US government is in the early days of being aware of mutants, but not the public." He also said that he didn't " foresee any characters moving back and forth" between the movie universe and the TV show universe". Noah Hawkley was interviewed by IGN yesterday and seemed to indicate the show wasn't set in the movieverse either.

Either one of the pair who have been quoted are wrong or the show was originally not going to be set in the main universe, but now it is. Whatever universe the show is from, it's going to premiere in 2017 and be 8 episodes long at least for the first season.

Who do you think is right about the universe Legion is set in? Singer is outnumbered, so I'd put my odds on him getting it wrong.

As for the show itself, Hawkley made some interesting statements about not wanting to use the "tragic condition" of schizophrenia for entertainment purposes, but honestly the "he thinks he's mentally ill but no, actually, he has superpowers" is a bit of an overused trope that's hard to do well. But it's possible Legion could do something interesting with it. What do you think? Are you looking forward to the show?

Watch: X-Men Marvel Series 'Legion' - First Trailer Released