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Rumour Control: Fox Are Developing an Alien Series?

While Alien: Covenant wasn’t a box office failure, it also wasn’t the massive success that Fox were hoping for. Following Ridley Scott’s latest prequel, 20th Century Fox reportedly started to look at the future of the Alien series and where to take it. This apparently led to the a major postponement of Alien: Covenant 2, with Scott seemingly tasked to find a new direction for the prequel series.

It seemed like we might be in for a long wait before Alien returned to live action! It may not be all doom and gloom, though. The good folk over at Omega Underground are reporting that they’ve heard from a reliable source that an Alien series might be in the works!

Back in April, a reliable source revealed to us that a series set within the “Alien universe” was being considered behind the scenes. I was able to reaffirm the rumbling with another source located in another country that was able to support some of the basic info.

What they couldn’t connect on is where it could land be it FX or a streaming platform, Hulu and Netflix were ruled out at the time.

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy can also confirm that we’ve heard discussions of something being in the early days of development over at Fox, but not to get too hung up over words like show or series. Perhaps meaning that this isn’t going to be presented like a traditional series. What exact form this could take is still up in the air but it’s unlikely to be seen on television, with an online release seemingly to be the more likely option at this time.

 Rumour Control: Fox Are Developing an Alien Series?

Omega Underground also reports that they’ve heard that an announcement regarding the potential series could be made soon. With San Diego Comic Con just around the corner, it’s possible we be seeing an official announcement then?

While we’re fairly confident in this rumour, it is worth being very aware that it is still just a rumour and until an official announcement is made by 20th Century Fox that this should not be taken as gospel. How do you feel about a potential series set in the Alien universe? What possibilities do you think Alien has outside of the big screen? Sound off below!

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  1. muthur9000
    Mostly.  But they can detect lifeforms.

    That's right. It was only after Elba informed them the pups were picking up a life-form that the question about movement was brought up. So perhaps they could also detect non moving organic matter as well.

    Wasn't it the Engineer in Hypersleep that was being detected? As for the Hammerpedes, perhaps they couldn't be detected because they were submerged, do we have evidence they could be seen if they were also cold-blooded?
  2. CainsSon

    And they did.  We saw them.  Maybe they could have been "recalibrated" to detect the motion of the hamsters, but I don't see how that would have helped them detect a motionless egg.


    Ah, my apologies. I was not referring to the motion trackers carried by the marines. I was referring to the onboard systems, ships AI, whatever they may have had. If such a system was incapable of locating and warning the crew of an unknown biological presence, then given the information obtained from Ripley before arrival, surely something could've been set to search for signs of non-human biological material. Motion aside. Could there not exist any technology that could identify and locate such a thing? Especially given the fact that they're familiar with "bugs". Surely the military of the future can detect the presence of biological weapons or unknown materials onboard their ships?

    "That platform was becoming unstable. I had to circle around..." er something. So anything couldve climbe don board during that first land. NO?
  3. SM
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    It would've been nice to know they had the capability to check for such contaminants in real-time.

    I don't believe they do.

    Ripley had to actively conduct a focused search using the medscan.  It's not like it had picked it up after evacuating the Sulaco and there was a message waiting for her after the crash saying 'You have 1 new embryo in your chest'.

    If they had used something like PUPs, then that's a different matter.
  4. Huggs

    And they did.  We saw them.  Maybe they could have been "recalibrated" to detect the motion of the hamsters, but I don't see how that would have helped them detect a motionless egg.


    Ah, my apologies. I was not referring to the motion trackers carried by the marines. I was referring to the onboard systems, ships AI, whatever they may have had. If such a system was incapable of locating and warning the crew of an unknown biological presence, then given the information obtained from Ripley before arrival, surely something could've been set to search for signs of non-human biological material. Motion aside. Could there not exist any technology that could identify and locate such a thing? Especially given the fact that they're familiar with "bugs". Surely the military of the future can detect the presence of biological weapons or unknown materials onboard their ships?
  5. SM
    So they use terms like bug hunt, yet don't have the requisite capabilities to detect non-human life onboard their own ship?

    They do.  Bishop accesses them on the flight recorder.

    Ripley specifically asked Bishop if the sensors picked up "anything moving around on the ship prior to separation."  She was clearly referring to motion trackers.

    Bishop would have also been privy to the neuroscan data since it all went into the computer.

    I hadn't considered the scanners.  I just figured the ship picked up something moving around of a size that could only be a facehugger.
  6. Local Trouble
    So they use terms like bug hunt, yet don't have the requisite capabilities to detect non-human life onboard their own ship?

    They do.  Bishop accesses them on the flight recorder.

    Ripley specifically asked Bishop if the sensors picked up "anything moving around on the ship prior to separation."  She was clearly referring to motion trackers.

    Bishop would have also been privy to the neuroscan data since it all went into the computer.
  7. Huggs

    They do.  Bishop accesses them on the flight recorder.  It's arguably bad writing that makes Ripley look neglectful - but well that's Alien 3 after all.  Though on the other hand did she have any reason to suspect another Alien being on board if it hadn't presented itself in all the time between defeating the Queen, getting Hicks to medical, redressing Hicks wounds, cleaning him up and putting him into hypersleep, then cleaning up herself, Newt and Bishop, maybe even having something to eat; it's not going to present itself based on past experience.

    But it's not as bad as her simply forgetting the entire reason she went to LV-426 in the first place.

    I see where you're coming from, and I mostly agree.

    I just think it would've been proper to include a quick scene like I described earlier with the dialogue. It would both fool the audience that all was well, and positively put to rest any notion that good common sense was neglected. It would've been nice to know they had the capability to check for such contaminants in real-time. It would also have been a nod to the original film when the Alien seemed to disappear off the tracker. To double down and insinuate there is an ability to avoid such methods of detection, would've made them appear even more formidable.
  8. SM
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    The minute your logic fails you start to mouth off life like that?  Lots of class SM.  But I guess that’s not the first time you spout off your smug attitude at other forum members.  Check yourself.

    My logic hasn't failed.  Your argument is spurious.  And since you're not dumb, it can only be deliberately spurious.  My point stands.  Don't troll.

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    How do we know that? All Ripley says is that they were blind on B and C decks. That doesn't necessarily mean we're talking about just cameras.

    As per earlier drafts - Ripley was talking about cameras.

    So they use terms like bug hunt, yet don't have the requisite capabilities to detect non-human life onboard their own ship?

    They do.  Bishop accesses them on the flight recorder.  It's arguably bad writing that makes Ripley look neglectful - but well that's Alien 3 after all.  Though on the other hand did she have any reason to suspect another Alien being on board if it hadn't presented itself in all the time between defeating the Queen, getting Hicks to medical, redressing Hicks wounds, cleaning him up and putting him into hypersleep, then cleaning up herself, Newt and Bishop, maybe even having something to eat; it's not going to present itself based on past experience.

    But it's not as bad as her simply forgetting the entire reason she went to LV-426 in the first place.
  9. Local Trouble
    If ash can cobble together something that can be "set" to search for a moving object, then surely something could've been done to existing equipment 60 years more advanced.

    And they did.  We saw them.  Maybe they could have been "recalibrated" to detect the motion of the hamsters, but I don't see how that would have helped them detect a motionless egg.

    If one got onboard the Narcissus, they can get onboard a dropship. And they did. A Queen did. How was that even missed? What kind of flintsone operation were they runnin' here?

    Apparently because they lack the very capabilities that you keep suggesting they must have had.
  10. Huggs
    If ash can cobble together something that can be "set" to search for a moving object, then surely something could've been done to existing equipment 60 years more advanced. Even though the technology should've been there already. Seeing as how they should've known full well what they were dealing with from Ripley's report. And again, they are familiar with "Bug Hunts".

    If one got onboard the Narcissus, they can get onboard a dropship. And they did. A Queen did. How was that even missed? What kind of flintsone operation were they runnin' here?
  11. Local Trouble
    How was the hardware not at least recalibrated or set to take such possibilities into account?

    Recalibrate what?  The aliens didn't show up on infrared.  The marines discovered that in the nest.  The aliens DO show up on motion trackers, but their eggs don't move until they hatch.  They're not invisible, so even basic video cameras can see them.  However, even cameras can only see whatever is in their field of view.

    Well if the flight recorder is any indication, the ship did detect non-human life forms, it just didn't report it or wake up the crew up as in an emergency.

    The neuroscan of the facehugger impregnating one of the passengers would have been enough to determine that.
  12. Huggs
    They do have the equipment.  They have infrared visors, motion trackers and lots of weapons.

    Just because modern doctors don't have "dermal regenerators" doesn't mean they can't treat flesh wounds.

    I hear what you're sayin L.T. And I see where you're coming from. My point is merely that Hudson's comment about bug hunts clearly indicates the military is aware of non human threats.

    The very mission they were on was a possible non human threat. And they all probably saw Ripley's report that Gorman said to view. You'd think there would be safeguards put in place to detect such invasive and hostile life forms before they left the ship. They had Ripley and all her information. They knew about the eggs, about everything. How was the hardware not at least recalibrated or set to take such possibilities into account?

    They did not go into this blind like the Nostromo.
  13. Local Trouble
    They do have the equipment.  They have infrared visors, motion trackers and lots of weapons.

    Just because modern doctors don't have "dermal regenerators" doesn't mean they can't treat flesh wounds.
  14. Huggs
    Where's the contradiction?

    It appears that they've encountered non human life of a hostile nature before. That they wouldn't have the necessary equipment to detect unknown species onboard the actual ship is ridiculous. Hope for the best, plan for the worst. It's kind of what the military does.

    It's like a professional mechanic saying "is this gonna be another automotive problem?" Yet it really is an issue with the vacuum lines and all they've got at the shop is an impact wrench, a box of toothpicks, and a telephone book. But they've got no diagnostic tools whatsoever to help them locate the problem. That they don't have any, is ridiculous.
  15. Local Trouble
    How do we know that? All Ripley says is that they were blind on B and C decks. That doesn't necessarily mean we're talking about just cameras.

    Why not?  The marines didn't have anything like what you're suggesting 57 years later when they were sent on a mission specifically for the purpose of hunting down these elusive lifeforms.  Why didn't they just scan the planet from orbit and find the hive that way?  That's what the Enterprise would do.
  16. CainsSon
    This will no doubt end up being made for Disney's streaming service, if it isnt already being placed there. Id wager that this rumor began as Disney considered what IPs it will land with a Fox Merger.
    I have zero insider info but it should be noted that Disney has no less than 3 streaming services for different age groups planned
    and if it intends to compete with Netflix, Disney will quickly realize and Aliens series has the built in audience to do so.

    This should be good news for everybody as this franchise no longer has the ability to please all of its fans in the film format, because it created so many loose ends by telling so many unsatisfying stories, arguably since Alien 3. The only place you can land an attenpt at all of it at this point, is via a mini-series format. Which is what this will be.

    Callling it now.
  17. OpenMaw
    What "sensors?"  They had cameras.

    How do we know that? All Ripley says is that they were blind on B and C decks. That doesn't necessarily mean we're talking about just cameras.

    I highly doubt they were planning to use camera's to track the alien when the idea of tracking it was brought up, especially since they knew it was using the air vents to move around and i'm certain those things don't have cameras all over the place.

    Keep in mind, the marines had infrared visors and motion trackers.  That's all.  No fancy Mr. Spock tricorders that could "detect lifeforms."

    That's a whole other ball of wax. Trying to make an omni-tool that is man portable is difficult to say the least. But having a network of sensors integrated into a ship? Especially with the potential for boarding actions, stowaways, intruders? They had something.
  18. OpenMaw
    To me, that's even more laughable than expecting Ripley to search the Sulaco from stem to stern for a stowaway egg.

    I mean, i'd assume Sulaco's military grade internal sensors would detect something like as, at least, an anomaly.

    Apparently not.  The first two movies established this pretty well, I'd say.

    AH! Nope. Nostromo's internal sensors were down on B and C decks. That's why they couldn't track it. That shit was broke when they landed.



    I've come to strongly despise remakes and prequels. It's fine when every now and again we get a really well done remake that was done with a really solid idea behind it. Like David Cronenberg's The Fly. That's a great remake. Or John Carpenter's The Thing. That's another great remake. Well written, well performed, well executed.

    The Alien series does not need a reboot. It just needs to withdraw from the current threads its ebbing into and go back to it's roots, and re-sprout on more fertile ground.


    I reiterate I think something like the fall of Sevastopol, or the exploits of Dr. Church from Aliens: Labyrinth would be a great starting point.

  19. Huggs
    So we've gone from 'we're going there to wipe them out', to 'nuke the entire site from orbit', to 'oh, I'm sure there's no more Aliens, and I'm not going to bother to check lol'.

     :laugh:

    To me, that's even more laughable than expecting Ripley to search the Sulaco from stem to stern for a stowaway egg.

    Especially when there’s only one place there possibly could have been an egg...

    It was Hudson. He was with them...all the way.
  20. Rankles75
    So we've gone from 'we're going there to wipe them out', to 'nuke the entire site from orbit', to 'oh, I'm sure there's no more Aliens, and I'm not going to bother to check lol'.

     :laugh:

    To me, that's even more laughable than expecting Ripley to search the Sulaco from stem to stern for a stowaway egg.

    Especially when there’s only one place there possibly could have been an egg...
  21. Huggs
    This is why I hate prequels.

    Even discounting the age the prequels were made. It still makes no sense for the original films to say

    "We can have giant space ships that do all this magical stuff, and have all this advanced technology. And cryo tubes that keep you ageless for almost 60 years, but we don't have the technology to detect a biological contaminant the size of Vern Troyer".

    Apparently not.  The first two movies established this pretty well, I'd say.

    You know, I can see it being the case on a space tug like the nostromo. But a military vessel like the Sulaco lacking such features is a bit of a hard sell. Of course, there has to be room sequels, so sometimes thoroughness has to take a day off I suppose.
  22. Local Trouble
    This is why I hate prequels.

    Even discounting the age the prequels were made. It still makes no sense for the original films to say

    "We can have giant space ships that do all this magical stuff, and have all this advanced technology. And cryo tubes that keep you ageless for almost 60 years, but we don't have the technology to detect a biological contaminant the size of Vern Troyer".

    Apparently not.  The first two movies established this pretty well, I'd say. 
  23. Huggs
    This is why I hate prequels.

    Even discounting the age the prequels were made. It still makes no sense for the original films to say

    "We can have giant space ships that do all this magical stuff, and have all this advanced technology. And cryo tubes that keep you ageless for almost 60 years, but we don't have the technology to detect a biological contaminant the size of Vern Troyer".

    All it would've taken, was a 30 second scene where she and bishop are at a terminal. As the camera slowly moves, the dialogue goes something like this.

    It's done

    You're sure?

    Yes. The damage appears to have been total.

    And the Alien ship?

    Gone. (some jargon about depth of blast penetration and heat intensity)

    And the ship is clean?

    All scans over the last 24 hours have come up negative. If there were something still here with us, the computer would've found it. We're safe Ripley.


    We see the weight fall off Ripley's shoulders. She's avenged her crew, eliminated the aliens forever, and has a chance at a new life. Fade into the cryo scene. That's all it would've took.
  24. Huggs
    BTW (and this next bit is not for the faint hearted) I would probably want to give the xenos a redesign. :o

    Haven't they all been redesigned just alittle different for every movie? Colors, head design, etc.

    What kind of redesign are we talkin' about here then? Like a structural redesign?

    So we've gone from 'we're going there to wipe them out', to 'nuke the entire site from orbit', to 'oh, I'm sure there's no more Aliens, and I'm not going to bother to check lol'.

     :laugh:

    To me, that's even more laughable than expecting Ripley to search the Sulaco from stem to stern for a stowaway egg.

    Nobody had to physically search for anything. You mean to tell me the covenant can detect unidentified life forms on it's own, and inform the captain and crew. But the Sulaco (a military vessel built all those years later with undoubtedly more advanced technology) can't detect a biological anomaly the size of a facehugger egg?

    Wasn't the facehugger heard scurrying at the end of the film? It kind of sounds like somebody on that boat wasn't paying close enough attention.
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