Filmmaker Bryan Singer has asked to have his name removed as an executive producer on the FX series Legion ahead of the show’s second season. The show’s creator and executive producer, Noah Hawley, confirmed the news to Deadline.
“I don’t really know anything more about it other than he asked to have his name removed from the show,” Hawley confirmed. “I don’t really know any of the behind the scenes of why he asked or when he asked or anything.” FX likewise confirmed Singer’s name was removed.
Singer’s status is still under review on another TV show, Fox’s The Gifted.
When asked if Singer’s exit affected the upcoming second season of the critically acclaimed Legion, Hawley replied, “For us, unlike The Gifted where he directed the pilot and was more involved, really it was just his name that was on the show. I literally haven’t spoken to him since before we filmed the pilot, so it’s been a couple of years. There’s always shows where you have producers names on it where you’re like, ‘I don’t know that I’ve ever met that person.’”
Legion season two will consist of eight episodes, the same as the first season.
Viewers are likely dying to know what happens next, since the season one finale ended on a major cliffhanger: Lenny Busker (Aubrey Plaza) and Oliver (Jemaine Clement) run off together, while David Haller (Dan Stevens) gets pulled into a mysterious orb in the sky.
Here’s the series’ official synopsis: “Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 20’s and free once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of daily life: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.”
The series also features Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk, a mutant scientist; Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, a so-called “memory artist” with an incredible ability to bring people back to their former thoughts; Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk, a savant mutant; Katie Aselton as Amy Haller, David’s older sister; and Jean Smart as Melanie Bird, a psychiatric therapist with a stern personality.