Syfy Developing a TV Show Based on Paul Bettany’s Legion

Legion (2010) Movie PosterI’m probably one of the very few movie reviewers who didn’t mind Scott Stewart’s “Legion”. In fact, I kinda liked it, the film’s clunky screenplay notwithstanding. (I’m sorry, guys, having every single one of your characters spend 5 minutes talking about themselves does not qualify as proper character pathos.) But overall, I kinda dug the film, but that could just be seeing Paul Bettany, this classic British type actor turning into a machinegun toting, knife-slashing angel that really sold it.

When “Legion” was chugging towards its release date, there were talks of (of course) a trilogy. The film would go on to make $68 million worldwide on a $26 million budget. That’s actually more than I thought it would make. So how about those sequels? Not gonna happen. But how about a TV series instead?

Yup. Apparently enough people dug it (or at least, enough people at the Syfy Channel) that the movie is now being developed as an ongoing TV series for the cable network. Stewart, who co-wrote the original 2010 film with Peter Schink, will direct the pilot episode and continue on as executive producer on the show.

In the film, Bettany played the Archangel Michael, who goes AWOL after God, pissed off at mankind’s, well, mankind-ness, decides to wipe us out and start over. Michael, though, is determined to save us, which apparently involves keeping the unborn baby of a small-town waitress (played by Adrianne Palicki) alive. 95% of the film was set in and around a small diner in the middle of nowhere, where Michael and his human charges become besieged by angel-possessed killers bent on snuffing out the child’s life and, along with it, the human race.

No idea how they’re going to turn that into a TV series, though I suspect the whole diner angle will go out the window and they’ll slowly rebuild the “angels are coming” aspect. Either that, or they’ll continue where the movie left off, with the waitress and her boyfriend on the run from God’s killer angels. That could work, too, though it might be expensive given that the apocalypse had already transpired at the end of the film.

Lucas Black and Adrianne Palicki in Legion (2010) Movie Image

Via : Deadline



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  • LionHeart

    Never saw the movie.
    After reading all this, now I know why.

    Not even Bettany could salvage that premise for me.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      It’s not a masterpiece by any means, but it has its charms. You would need a love for the “last stand in a haunted house” genre to like it, though.

      • LionHeart

        See, that part sounds kind of interesting, but I’d be more interested a reality-based “last stand” movie. Only one I can think of ever seeing is Last House On The Left, and despite creating one of the most uncomfortable scenes I’ve ever seen, it wasn’t exactly stellar as a whole.

        It’s mostly the God sending angels to kill mankind and one angel apparently fending them off with machineguns bit that has me turned off.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          Haha, yeah, it’s just as ludicrous as it sounds.

  • Tanis_ivy

    there was a set of comic books released after the movie about the prophets that michael spoke of in the movie. something about taking the baby to the safe place and finding the prophets, they’d teach him and he’d grow up to right all man’s wrongs or something like that. the comic books each cover the lives of each of the prophets; their skills, and the “calling” if i may call it that. they all took place in the same time frame of the movie. it’d be nice to see what it was all leading up to

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    i actually liked it as well, and if the tv show was like post apocolyptic terminator supernatural religious run amuck i would love that