Get ready for more mind-bending content as today, FX announced that the drama series Legion has been renewed for Season 3. While technically an X-Men adaptation, creator and executive producer Noah Hawley has used the comics lore as a jumping off point, instead forging something more along the lines of Twin Peaks. The series stars Dan Stevens as David Haller aka Legion, a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he’s actually the most powerful mutant in the world.
In a statement, FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming Eric Schrier had this to say:
“Legion has redefined the superhero drama and exceeded all expectations as the intensity and revelation build through the second season. We are incredibly proud of Noah Hawley’s achievement and are honored to continue the series as it pushes the boundaries of conventional television storytelling. We are also grateful for the contributions of our executive producers, John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Jeph Loeb with Marvel Television, as well as our outstanding cast and crew of this groundbreaking show.”
As of now, it is unclear when Legion Season 3 will air, as Hawley will be busy this summer helming his first-ever feature film, Pale Blue Dot. That sci-fi film has Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm signed on to star, but one must think that Hawley will be back to craft Legion Season 3 after the film is completed. There’s also the prospect of more Fargo, which Hawley also showruns and which is set to premiere in 2019. Apparently, the plan if for Hawley to shoot Pale Blue Dot, then Fargo Season 4, then return to Legion Season 3, so this superhero series may not return until late 2019 or sometime in 2020.
Despite the show not earning the highest ratings, Legion has earned critical acclaim but Season 2 ratings have been down from Season 1’s performance, though the series does make FX stand out. Moreover, with The Americans now over for good and Ryan Murphy jumping ship for Netflix, it’s smart of them to keep Hawley happy and in their fold.