Bryan Singer Dropped as 'Legion' Executive Producer Amidst Allegations
The X-Men franchise gets a shakeup today, as its being reported that Bryan Singer has been dropped as executive producer of FX's Legion, after the filmmaker has continued to be dogged by sexual misconduct allegations.
During the Winter 2018 TCA panel for Legion, show creator told Deadline that, "Bryan asked to take his name off the show, so we have done that."
According to Deadline's reporting, it was indeed Singer who reached out to FX about dropping his name from the show, No additional explanation has been given as to Singer's reasoning for the move - be it to free Noah Hawley and Legion from any potential backlash and/or controversy, or to keep his own name out of the limelight for the foreseeable future. Maybe a little of both?
According to the way Hawley explains the situation, it's probably for the better, as Singer's actual influence on the show was pretty much non-existent:
"Very early on in the conception of the show, I met him a couple of times," Hawley told Deadline. "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."
Singer's separation from the X-Men franchise won't end with Legion; there's already word he'll also lose his EP status on Fox's The Gifted, which was just renewed for season 2.
The TCA brought several new updates on the Legion front, including a premiere date window for season 2, and a new actor cast as this season's version The Shadow King.