The New ‘X-Men’ Series ‘Legion’ Will Arrive In A Very Different Universe Than You’re Expecting

Some intriguing new details are tumbling out in regard to FX’s much drooled over X-Men-based series Legion. Namely when it might air and its relationship (or lack thereof) with the X-Men film franchise.

FX President John Landgraf was the man offering up this precious information while participating in the 2016 winter Television Critics Association press tour. The series, which will be guided by Fargo mastermind Noah Hawley, is apparently on track to air before the end of this year. Courtesy of IGN, here’s what Landgraf had to say about the progress of the show:

“We’re quite well along. We’ve had a writing staff working. We’ve seen not only the pilot but several episodes and we’re well in process of casting,” he said. “I would anticipate that Legion would go on the air some time in 2016, this year.”

Please keep this 2016 business in mind if you’re contemplating going to prison for a bit and their cable package sucks.

It feels like a bit of a surprise to hear that the series seems to be chugging along at a fairly quick pace. After all, there’s only been one piece of casting news attached to Legion so far and that’s actress Rachel Keller (Fargo‘s Simone Gerhardt) in an undisclosed role. We suppose “well in process” suggests that more casting decisions are being sorted out as we speak.

If you’re counting on Legion existing in the exact same world as the X-Men film franchise, you’re in for a bit of a disappointment. Here’s what Landgraf had to say on the subject:

“It’s not in the continuity of those films in the sense the current X-Men films take place in a universe in which everybody on planet Earth is aware of the existence of mutants,” he said. “The series Legion takes place in a parallel universe, if you will, in which the US government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn’t foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes.”

Landgraf would later note that he doesn’t believe any X-Men regulars will be popping by, although he’s “not 100% sure that’ll be the case by the time it airs.”

Legion will focus on the experiences of David Haller. A diagnosed schizophrenic, David discovers through an interaction with another psychiatric hospital patient that there might be something more to the visions and sounds he’s been experiencing. Odds are, we’ll be writing about this show a bunch once it arrives.

(via IGN)