Well that didn’t take long! The Alien social channels have just made it official: An Alien FX series helmed by Noah Hawley is in active development! The series will be featured on the Hulu streaming platform. This announcement was initially made on a Disney investor livestream presentation today by FX chairman John Landgraf.
Landgraf described the series as combining elements from Alien and Aliens, having “both the timeless horror of the first Alien film with the non-stop action of the second.”
Writer and Producer Noah Hawley, who recently hinted at his ongoing involvement in this series development, will be helming the series, and Ridley Scott is in advanced talks to Executive Produce.
Hawley is best known for his work on the shows Fargo and Legion, and has been working to get an Alien series launched for quite some time. In early 2019 reports surfaced on how his series pitch was shelved as the executives at then-20th Century Fox wanted to keep Alien a theatrical series. It seems as though things have changed with the new ownership!
The social media posts gave us some small details as to what we can expect for the premise:
“Alien is currently in development at FX Networks The first TV series based on the classic film series is helmed by Fargo and Legion’s Noah Hawley. Expect a scary thrill ride set not too far in the future here on Earth.”
This is something we teased recently on the social channels, and we’ve known about this series being back in active development for a few months now, though I must admit I was not expecting this announcement so soon!
Thanks to Mikey for bringing the announcement to my attention! And thanks to Variety for the investor call details.
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Some promotional imagery for the series shown during the investor presentation has surfaced online, and you can watch the whole thing down below too (at 8 minutes in):