Despite the turbulent history between Marvel and Fox regarding the X-Men-related characters Fox has long had the film rights to, Marvel and Fox have announced that they're teaming up for two different TV series based on X-Men characters.Their titles are Hellfire and Legion.
First up, for the FOX network, will be Hellfire, which will be set in the late 1960s, and will "follow 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."
Comic book fans are familiar with the Hellfire Club, as they were major players in the Dark Phoenix saga, and they continue to interact with Wolverine and his allies. We also met them in X-Men: First Class.
X-Men film producers Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg will team will team with Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory and 24 alumni Evan Katz and Manny Cotto to exeutive produce. The pilot is being written by Patrick McKay and JD Payne.
The second one, for the FX network, is Legion, which is "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."
In the comics, Legion is the son of Professor Xavier, and he plays a significant role in the Age of X crossover.
Donner, Singer, Kinberg, and Loeb, are also executive producing Legion, along with John Cameron and NOah Hawley, who worked on the brilliant Fargo. Hawley is writing the pilot.
FOX had confirmed that they were planning to make an X-Men TV series together in the past year. While Fox has the film rights to the X-Men franchise, Marvel still had the TV rights to the characters, meaning FOX couldn't produce an X-Men TV series without Marvel's involvement.