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Alien Series Development Ongoing Talks Hinted at by Noah Hawley

With all these rumors of an Alien series these last two years you’d think one might actually be happening. In March of 2019 we reported on Deadline’s news that writer & producer Noah Hawley pitched an Alien series to FX, which was apparently decided against as Fox wanted to keep Alien a theatrical series at the time. 

 Alien Series Development Ongoing Talks Hinted at by Noah Hawley

A still from the Alien 40th Anniversary short film ‘Alien: Harvest’

We heard again about Hawley’s pitch this last September in an article from Observer where he expressed how he wanted to create a character focused series touching on “humanity at its worst.” 

Now, in a new interview with Deadline, Hawley was asked about his discussions for an Alien series, and his answers seem to imply that talks haven’t been completely abandoned:

DEADLINE: Are you still involved with the Alien reboot TV series? I understand deals are trying to be done.

HAWLEY: I know that there’s an effort to reshuffle a lot of things post-Disney takeover and it was a conversation that I had a couple years back. And I have not in the last few weeks been having those conversations about it. But I know that like any studio that there’s a great desire to make the most of one’s library so I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like that.

DEADLINE: But you’re involved in it?

HAWLEY: Ya know, I have conversations from time to time, but I’m not committed.

DEADLINE: And there isn’t a hard conceit to it yet?

HAWLEY: No, I haven’t — nothing is at that stage.

Given the rapidly changing media landscape heavily drifting towards streaming services, and the completion of the Fox acquisition by Disney and change into the modern ’20th Century Studios,’ we have to wonder if the idea of an Alien series has been brought up for consideration behind the scenes. It’s a new type of live-action format we’d certainly love to see Alien explore.

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Comments: 37
  1. Immortan Jonesy
    I’d be super down for a show, as long as it was good. You would need a big budget for the sets though. There are rules to the design of Alien and they should be followed. That doesn’t mean there’s not room to grow but you have to honor the aesthetic.

    Y’all keep pulling for ADI and I just don’t get it. Maybe they could do a better suit but who gives a shit? Design aside I’m just going on the films they’ve worked on. This is not aimed at their 2-D artists or sculptors.

    Honestly it's mostly just me who's the ADI cheerleader, our staff have disagreements about whether or not they should get another gig. But I don't place their work above any of the other practical creature FX studios that have been involved in the franchise, any of the major ones would do a nice job I'm sure.

    Also high production value sci-fi series have become much more accessible these days. The Unreal Engine live-action virtual sets utilized by The Mandalorian are a good example. That show has an excellent blend of practical and digital effects.



    This is the way! 💪😎

    Or at least the way I want so see in an Alien production  ;D
  2. Nightmare Asylum
    And given Hawley's track record with Fargo, I'd absolutely be down for something like this as an anthology series with new characters and a new story each season.

    Especially if one of those seasons is a Covenant sequel, with Ridley involved. ;)
  3. Voodoo Magic
    I hope not because that show used to piss me right off when I still bothered to watch it.

    For every really good episode there's at least three shit ones.

    Yeah the Walking Dead seasons should have been halved, at the least! So much filler...

    I just want to have a great show following Noah's perspective. I want a show that we love not because Aliens are in it, but a show we love that also has Aliens in it.  A show with great characters where every single episode doesn't need a Xenomorph in it. Man just the thought...so great!
  4. Nightmare Asylum
    Yeah, I was excited for that project until I started seeing some trailers. Never did wind up watching the film. Love the ADI guys and their work but... they aren't directors.

    Gillis is a pretty good actor, though. :D
  5. SiL
    I don't believe in ADI skills since I watched The Void. A crowdfunding Canadian film with $82,000 budget vs the power of the practical effects in ADI's ultimate film with all power of kickstarter support: Harbinger Down - $350,000. Amateurs vs professionals.

    Well, The Void is better in ANY aspect. Including practical effects. You won't be impressed with ADI's light garlands, but the monsters in The Void look natural.
    The effects in The Void were $82,000, not the film itself, and they had help from the effects team on Suicide Squad.

    The effects aren't the real issue in Harbinger Down, the atrocious cinematography and direction are.
  6. Enjoy
    I think tthis would be great. Also a Predator series would be a great way to explore different parts of history on earth for storylines and hunting scenerios . Not to mention what off world could be like. I am sold on the idea.
  7. Drukathi
    I don't believe in ADI skills since I watched The Void. A crowdfunding Canadian film with $82,000 budget vs the power of the practical effects in ADI's ultimate film with all power of kickstarter support: Harbinger Down - $350,000. Amateurs vs professionals.

    Well, The Void is better in ANY aspect. Including practical effects. You won't be impressed with ADI's light garlands, but the monsters in The Void look natural.
  8. Lost_Hunter
    I appreciate that RidgeTop. The second season of Mandalorian is crazy with what they’ve been able to achieve. Definitely groundbreaking. That kind of production would be incredible with Alien.
  9. RidgeTop
    I’d be super down for a show, as long as it was good. You would need a big budget for the sets though. There are rules to the design of Alien and they should be followed. That doesn’t mean there’s not room to grow but you have to honor the aesthetic.

    Y’all keep pulling for ADI and I just don’t get it. Maybe they could do a better suit but who gives a shit? Design aside I’m just going on the films they’ve worked on. This is not aimed at their 2-D artists or sculptors.

    Honestly it's mostly just me who's the ADI cheerleader, our staff have disagreements about whether or not they should get another gig. But I don't place their work above any of the other practical creature FX studios that have been involved in the franchise, any of the major ones would do a nice job I'm sure.

    Also high production value sci-fi series have become much more accessible these days. The Unreal Engine live-action virtual sets utilized by The Mandalorian are a good example. That show has an excellent blend of practical and digital effects.

  10. Lost_Hunter
    I’d be super down for a show, as long as it was good. You would need a big budget for the sets though. There are rules to the design of Alien and they should be followed. That doesn’t mean there’s not room to grow but you have to honor the aesthetic.

    Y’all keep pulling for ADI and I just don’t get it. Maybe they could do a better suit but who gives a shit? Design aside I’m just going on the films they’ve worked on. This is not aimed at their 2-D artists or sculptors.
  11. Nightmare Asylum
    I'd definitely agree that Resurrection has the weakest Alien design of the proper Alien films, though I do personally like it quite a bit within the context of the film.

    But I more so meant the actual craftsmanship of the suit, and the execution of it on set, as proof of their abilities. The design, on the other hand, I would attribute more directly to Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who gave them the guidelines for what he was looking for in the design and approved that final rendition of it.

    If ADI was working with a director who wanted to do something more Giger-esque, I have no doubt in my mind that they would deliver on it.
  12. seattle24
    Is this news in any way relatable to the scoop this site has? I appreciate you probably can’t say one way or another out of respect for your source - so probably a stupid question  ;D just seemed when Hicks announced in the Predator thread Alien is still alive it sounded concrete, whereas this sounds “talkative”.

    Either way, TV series? Lovely. Get Odd studios back for the creature effects while you’re at it!

    We know the answer to that question but cannot confirm or deny.

    And yes it would be nice to have Odd Studios back, just don't slather CGI over most of their creature work this time! Or Weta Workshop, or ADI (:p), honestly which creature shop would get it would depend on where filming would be happening.

    Haha! I can wait... so long as there is a meaty 3-hour podcast to accompany the announcement when or if it does happen?  :P

    I'd be all for ADI. Their work in Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection is great (though of course, only appropriate within the confines of those specific movies... I'm looking at you, Alien vs Predator ::)), and while I don't care for Blomkamp's concept at all, what we've seen of the concepts for that film (including the silly four-armed maquette) it seems like they would have done a solid job recreating something more like Giger's original there.

    Odd would be great as well, if they do go the man in suit mode. Though I do kind of expect to see something more akin to Alien: Covenant, what with an on-set reference suit that is mostly replaced with a digital creature for the final product.

    We know the answer to that question but cannot confirm or deny.

    The whole AVPG staff right now:

    https://64.media.tumblr.com/68cdff2ebf2f2b425512d3148ff85e48/tumblr_p5jn3pmCq11vigpn1o7_500.gifv

    I’ve said it before and I maintain my stance, Tom and Alec appear to be lovely guys. Their work on Alien 3 is elite. But I would argue the design of the Alien in Resurrection is very poor, and I understand the genetic mutation, and the purposeful design choices, but it’s all subjective to your own set of eyes - and I really dislike the design. I won’t waste breath on the creature work in AvP.

    I was really impressed with Odd in Covenant, though, even if much of their practical work was relegated in favour of CGI. The Alien “on stilts” was really innovative in my opinion. And putting the guy from REC in the suit was inspired.
  13. Nightmare Asylum
    I'd be all for ADI. Their work in Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection is great (though of course, only appropriate within the confines of those specific movies... I'm looking at you, Alien vs Predator ::)), and while I don't care for Blomkamp's concept at all, what we've seen of the concepts for that film (including the silly four-armed maquette) it seems like they would have done a solid job recreating something more like Giger's original there.

    Odd would be great as well, if they do go the man in suit mode. Though I do kind of expect to see something more akin to Alien: Covenant, what with an on-set reference suit that is mostly replaced with a digital creature for the final product.

    We know the answer to that question but cannot confirm or deny.

    The whole AVPG staff right now:

    https://64.media.tumblr.com/68cdff2ebf2f2b425512d3148ff85e48/tumblr_p5jn3pmCq11vigpn1o7_500.gifv
  14. RidgeTop
    Is this news in any way relatable to the scoop this site has? I appreciate you probably can’t say one way or another out of respect for your source - so probably a stupid question  ;D just seemed when Hicks announced in the Predator thread Alien is still alive it sounded concrete, whereas this sounds “talkative”.

    Either way, TV series? Lovely. Get Odd studios back for the creature effects while you’re at it!

    We know the answer to that question but cannot confirm or deny.

    And yes it would be nice to have Odd Studios back, just don't slather CGI over most of their creature work this time! Or Weta Workshop, or ADI (:p), honestly which creature shop would get it would depend on where filming would be happening.
  15. seattle24
    Is this news in any way relatable to the scoop this site has? I appreciate you probably can’t say one way or another out of respect for your source - so probably a stupid question  ;D just seemed when Hicks announced in the Predator thread Alien is still alive it sounded concrete, whereas this sounds “talkative”.

    Either way, TV series? Lovely. Get Odd studios back for the creature effects while you’re at it!
  16. XENOMORPHOSIS
    Hoping we get the final Prequel, another Sequel later in the time line and Dan Trachtenberg's Predator Prequel, venturing to the Alien universe through TeleVision would be interesting, same fro Predator, as long as neither Movie or TV negatively effects oneanother.
  17. Nightmare Asylum
    I wouldn't be totally shocked if the potentially in development Alien project does wind up being a series, but at this rate I doubt it would be Hawley's. There is nothing in place on his end, barring a few conversations with the studio from time to time.
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