Netflix and ABC may be steadily rolling out a stream of Marvel television shows, but apparently there's always room for more: both FX and Fox may soon have shows set in the X-Men universe. According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, FX has placed a pilot order for Legion, with Fargo creator Noah Hawley writing and executive producing. It tells the story of David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who, after encountering a mental patient, comes to believe that the voices in his head may actually be real. In the comics, Haller was the son of Charles Xavier — the head of the X-Men that was portrayed in the films by Patrick Stewart.
For its broadcast network, Fox is also developing Hellfire, centered about the mysterious Hellfire Club organization that has sought to undermine the X-Men in Marvel's comics universe. It's not clear how deeply the two potential shows would integrate with the X-Men movie franchise — which has another installment coming out next year in the form of X-Men: Apocalypse — or if any of the movie cast would appear, although director Bryan Singer is reportedly attached to both projects as executive producer.
You will never be able to escape superheroes
The development comes as comic book properties continue to sprawl across the television landscape. On the DC side, shows like The Flash and Arrow are continuing to bring in ratings for The CW, while Gotham is currently in the midst of its second season on Fox and Supergirl premieres on CBS in just a matter of weeks. Marvel not only has Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter on ABC, but the network is also developing the Mockingbird spin-off Most Wanted as well as a comedy called Damage Control. (That's to say nothing of Netflix, which has Jessica Jones on the way this year, and both Luke Cage and the second season of Daredevil slated for next.) All of which is to say that even if you get sick of superheroes at the movies, you really have no escape. They'll find you, no matter where you are.