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FX’s upcoming X-Men TV show, Legion, will tie into cinematic universe

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But you don’t need to watch the movies to enjoy it

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During a television conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on Thursday, Legion executive producer and X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer confirmed that the upcoming FX series and the movie universe would co-exist in the same world.

Singer said that while the series would intermingle with the cinematic universe they had created at Fox, it would also be completely accessible to those approaching the franchise for the first time. Singer also confirmed that the other unnamed X-Men TV series that Fox is working on would also connect to the cinematic universe somehow.

"[Legion] will relate to future X-Men movies," Singer said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Peter Rice, CEO of 21st Century Fox’s networks groups, said that the main difference between the films and the television show is that the movies focused on story and the series will focus on character development and growth. Legion follows David Haller, the son of Professor Xavier, as he becomes the character Legion. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and admitted to a psychiatric hospital, Haller slowly begins to learn that the voices he hears in his head may not be a symptom of a diagnosis, but an affect of his mutant ability.

The show is being run by Noah Hawley, who also runs the network’s Emmy-award winning mini-series, Fargo. Legion will debut in early 2017 on FX.