Today we learn that just because Disney owns ABC and Marvel, doesn't mean that all other Marvel TV shows are exclusive to it.
Fox and Marvel are teaming up to form two new TV series. Both shows are based on Marvel's "X-Men" comics and have Bryan Singer ("X-Men: Days of Future Past," X-Men: First Class," "X2") as executive producer.
Fox's "Hellfire" is set in the late 60s and draws viewers into the life of a Special Agent who becomes affiliated with a covert union of millionaires called the Hellfire Club.
Fans may remember the Hellfire Club from the extended X-Men storyline "Dark Phoenix Saga" and the 2011 superhero film "X-Men: First Class."
Singer, along with Jim Choy, Lauren Shuller Donner, Evan Katz, Simon Kinberg and Marvel's Head of TV Jeph Loeb will serve as executive producers. JD Payne and Patrick McKay will co-write, while Manny Coto and Katz will stand as showrunners. 20th Century Fox will handle the series' physical production.
"We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology that has captivated fans for years," said Fox Broadcasting Company president of entertainment David Madden.
On the other hand, those who aren't too familiar with the Hellfire Club are sure to have a good shot at getting hooked on the upcoming series too.
"The action at the center of 'Hellfire' will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too," shared 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs Jonathan Davis.
Meanwhile, FX Productions' "Legion" is also based on an "X-Men" character — Professor Charles Xavier's mutant son. The series focuses on the life of David Haller. Battling mental illness, he finds out that the voices he hears and visions he sees might not be hallucinations after all.
Noah Hawley ("Fargo") serves as the writer and executive producer for "Legion."
"'Legion' is just the sort of ambitious story that Noah excels at," said Nick Grad. Grad and Eric Schrier are X Networks and FX Productions' presidents of original programming. "It's also an honor to partner with Marvel on 'Legion' and to enlist such an accomplished team of executive producers to create this pilot," Grad adds.
John Cameron ("Fargo") joins Hawley, as well as Singer, Chory, Loeb, Shuler Donner and Kinberg as "Legion's" team. Marvel and FX Productions with co-produce the show, with FX handling the pilot's physical production.
Writer Chris Claremont introduced the character of Legion and the concept of Marvel's Hellfire Club. Artist Bill Sienkiewicz designed Legion while Claremont worked with John Byrne on The Hellfire Club.