FX Productions and Marvel Television series Legion will air in more than 125 countries as a ‘day & date premiere’ across FOX Networks in 2017 Geektown has learnt. For the UK, that means it will air on FOX UK within hours of it’s US broadcast.
The show, which stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, follows the story of David Haller, who since he was a teenager, 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…
Created by Noah Hawley and set in the universe of Marvel’s X-Men franchise, Legion joins FOX’s growing roster of global, simultaneous launches, a staple of the group’s international programming and marketing strategy for its most viral, high-profile series, such as The Walking Dead, Outcast and Wayward Pines. Fox networks are among the world’s most widely distributed entertainment destinations, available in over 125 countries and to over 250 million homes outside the U.S.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Fox Networks Group to launch Legion to a massive global audience,” said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. “In our storytelling, it is imperative to us that we’re creating characters and a universe that resonates with people around the world and we are so proud to introduce this cast of characters to fans everywhere.”
Production on the eight-episode first season will begin this summer in Vancouver and the new series from FX Productions and Marvel Television will debut on globally in early 2017. FXP will be handling the physical production. Fox Networks Group’s sales arm will be handling distribution to third parties.