Bryan Singer will no longer be receiving an executive producer credit for FX’s Legion season 2. The critically-acclaimed X-Men-based TV series premiered in early 2017 from Fargo creator Noah Hawley, and it went on to become one of the most talked-about shows on television, thanks to its audacious direction and mind-boggling twists and turns, which its looking to take to the next level with season 2.
Following the enormously successful first season of Fargo, Hawley was given the opportunity to bring FX’s first live-action X-Men TV show to life on the small screen. The network first announced plans to develop Legion in 2015, with X-Men franchise producers Singer, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Shuler Donner heading production alongside Hawley and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Dan Stevens and Rachel Keller quickly joined the series as its titular characters David Haller and Sydney Barrett, respectively, with Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, and Jean Smart, among others, rounding out the supporting cast. While they’re all expected to return for Legion season 2, due out in April 2018, Singer won’t be involved with the show behind the scenes nor will he receive producing credit.
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Legion creator Noah Hawley revealed during FX Network’s Winter TCA presentation this morning that Bryan Singer won’t be receiving an executive producer credit for Legion season 2. Hawley told Deadline that the request came from Singer himself, who didn’t have much involvement with the project to begin with.
“Bryan [Singer] asked to take his name off the show, so we have done that. … Very early on in the conception of the show, I met him a couple of times. He was interested in directing the pilot, but once I stepped in to direct, I haven’t spoken to him since that moment. Really, he was a name on the screen.”
This news comes on the heels of Singer being accused of sexual misconduct, which has now led to him being sued for allegedly raping a teenager. While many people presumed Singer was booted from 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody for those allegations, Singer himself claimed that he was fired because the studio didn’t allow him time to care for an ill parent. But as allegations against him started heating up, FOX considered removing him from The Gifted – a separate X-Men-related TV show that Singer had more direct involvement with from the beginning.
At the moment, it’s unclear if FOX will remove Singer’s name from The Gifted season 2, but for now, FX has confirmed that the former X-Men director will no longer be receiving credit for producing Legion season 2.
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Legion season 2 premieres on FX in April 2018.