Fox channels outside the US have picked up worldwide rights to the FX Productions and Marvel Television series Legion. The series is slated for an early 2017 day and date premiere in more than 125 countries, including in the US where it will premiere on FX Networks. The FX Networks first season order was announced at the beginning of June 2016.
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 US.
Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice said: “Legion brings the X-Men universe to life, as a character driven, serialized TV show, in a truly amazing new way, and we’re pleased that X-Men fans will have the opportunity to see it simultaneously in the 125 countries where Fox is available.”
“FX is thrilled to collaborate with our international partners to bring Legion to audiences worldwide and the day-and-date delivery will make this a truly global event,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “With the universal appeal of the X-Men franchise, fans will be amazed with the artistry and ambition that Noah Hawley and this extraordinary cast have brought to Legion.”
“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.