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Updated: Alien FX Series Development Announced!

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.”

 Alien FX Series Development Announced!
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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UPDATE

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):

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  1. SpreadEagleBeagle
    I'm personally not interested in post WY, as that would imply Resurrection era goonery.


    WY just doesn't need to dominate EVERY narrative line.

    Hmmm, yeah, I get where you're coming from.

    Personally I think it's necessary to end the hegemony of W-Y, and with the W-Y gone one opens up to a lot of new possibilities and story lines. It's also a great story and mystery to uncover, i.e. to why W-Y, is in the real reason, to why W-Y went under after being the most prolific, pioneering and powerful corporation ever. What happened? What did they hide? Where did all the money and R&D go?
  2. SpreadEagleBeagle
    Finally started watching FARGO (the tv series), and damn - I like it!

    If the Alien tv series work like a FARGO in space mixed with OUTLAND, mixing in all the elements of corporate greed, govt/military corruption, the drudgery and everyday life of colonists, space truckers, contractors, Colonial Marshals, company employees and higher-ups with the brief presence of Colonial Marines at some point, while slowly leading up to the first real Xenomorph encounter, I think we'll be in for a treat. I picture a crime thriller drama set mostly in space, inhabited with sparse dry dark humor and "real people" everyday characters. But as the show progresses the veil slowly reveals tantalizing elements of mystery and big portions of lurking horror and dread.

    As mentioned earlier I think it would be great if the show takes place shortly after W-Y went under, leaving a power vacuum for lesser corporations and players to fill while shamelessly scavenging on what W-Y left behind. There could be this mysterious ship with its even more mysterious cargo that mysteriously disappeared at some point between the events after ALIENS and before the end of A3 (hinting that it has something to do with whatever happened on Acheron). The ship and its cargo re-appeared then to be hijacked again... Much later in the season, after many false leads and parallel story lines, the ship is finally located and tracked down at some outer rim seemingly completely abandoned facility, and this is when speculations and rumors about the Xenomorph turn into real encounters, because we all know what was onboard that ship.
  3. SpreadEagleBeagle
    I'll trade it for a wooden planet and some monks, then.
    How does a wooden planet in space even work? One of the worst ideas I ever read from that script for a scifi movie xD

    Even if it isn't super 'practical,' it'd make for a really interesting visual. Probably not ever going to happen in this franchise, and that's fine, but I'd love to see something run with the idea.

    Feels more like something fitting for Raised by Wolves or even Star Wars. I mean, the idea and concept is awe-inspiring but way too spectacular for the the attempted "realism" the majority of the Alien movies went for.

    I could however see this in an Alien movie if it was created by another faction or off-shoot of Engineers.
  4. Nightmare Asylum
    I'll trade it for a wooden planet and some monks, then.
    How does a wooden planet in space even work? One of the worst ideas I ever read from that script for a scifi movie xD

    Even if it isn't super 'practical,' it'd make for a really interesting visual. Probably not ever going to happen in this franchise, and that's fine, but I'd love to see something run with the idea.
  5. skhellter
    the "hangar" was probably just another level on the massive WY space station or tower that the story was supposed to take place on.

    Garden level had a similar ceiling:

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/blomkamp-concept-002-geoffroy-thoorens.jpg

    probable view from outside:
    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/blomkamp-concept-005-geoffroy-thoorens.jpg

    Whole thing reminds me of Gibson's script..
  6. Corporal Hicks
    If the derelict hadn’t been destroyed, I don’t think WY would have been in such a hurry to get hold of Ripley on Fiorina 161 or Bishop(The human version) wouldn’t have been so frantically distraught when Ripley decided to fall to her death.
    It would be like oh well, at least we have the derelict

    If we're talking directly after Aliens, I imagine the fallout and radiation would have likely gotten in the way of any sensors or probes. Or, I'd explain it away that way. So I've no problem with that myself.

    There Are A Lot Of Reasons To Get Excited About FX's Alien Series

    Little editorial from GameRant.
  7. Master
    If the derelict hadn’t been destroyed, I don’t think WY would have been in such a hurry to get hold of Ripley on Fiorina 161 or Bishop(The human version) wouldn’t have been so frantically distraught when Ripley decided to fall to her death.
    It would be like oh well, at least we have the derelict

    Well, not exactly. It's easier to get to Ripley on Fiorina, especially with info from Sulaco and Andrews. There was high possibility  that Alien is there and still alive.

    Lv-426 on the other hand is fresh after big ass thermonuclear explosion.  Searching for Derelict in such conditions is surely the B scenario.
  8. David Weyland
    If the derelict hadn’t been destroyed, I don’t think WY would have been in such a hurry to get hold of Ripley on Fiorina 161 or Bishop(The human version) wouldn’t have been so frantically distraught when Ripley decided to fall to her death.
    It would be like oh well, at least we have the derelict
  9. Nightmare Asylum
    Heyah, I was thinking the same. Jordens were given specific coordinates to get to the Derelict.  It wasn't no where near Hadley's Hope. The explosion size of Nebraska was more of the way of speaking - pretty f**king big explosion, not the actual blast radius.
    I'm not being anal about it, they can get Alien from wherever they want. I'd just prefer tying some lose ends. Lv-426 Derelict and Bovotoya Queen both are in Schrödinger's box now. Can be used, can be destroyed  and it's all cool with me.

    As far as lingering 'sources' of the Alien go, LV-223 (as a source of the Pathogen, not the Alien proper), Planet 4 with David's stash, and the entirety of the Covenant are all out there at the moment.

    Until something says otherwise, it makes the most sense to me to assume that the LV-426 Derelict was taken out in the explosion. But I guess, if they want to use it, there isn't anything stopping them.

    LV426 is super tiny though.
    Always felt like a convenience that the colonists hadn't mapped Acheron thoroughly upon landing (via satellites/drones, etc.)

    Or Pups. ;)
  10. Necronomicon II
    Hey I haven't even mapped my bedroom properly, who knows what lurks in the shadows... *finds melted gummy bear*

    Besides, every error colonists make in this franchise is answered for with the line, "dumb ass colonists". 😅
  11. skhellter
    It should be set between Alien 3 and Resurrection with W-Y revisiting Derelict.

    I'd imagine that the explosion the size of Nebraska most likely took care of that. ;)
    IT took the colonists years to find that ship so I doubt it was near enough to be destrroyed by the explosion, also the planet is rocky and full of mountains and hills so the enviroment will be a good protection for it, can easily see it being unaffected by the atmosphere processors explosion.

    LV426 is super tiny though.
    Always felt like a convenience that the colonists hadn't mapped Acheron thoroughly upon landing (via satellites/drones, etc.)
  12. Master
    It should be set between Alien 3 and Resurrection with W-Y revisiting Derelict.

    I'd imagine that the explosion the size of Nebraska most likely took care of that. ;)
    IT took the colonists years to find that ship so I doubt it was near enough to be destrroyed by the explosion, also the planet is rocky and full of mountains and hills so the enviroment will be a good protection for it, can easily see it being unaffected by the atmosphere processors explosion.

    Heyah, I was thinking the same. Jordens were given specific coordinates to get to the Derelict.  It wasn't no where near Hadley's Hope. The explosion size of Nebraska was more of the way of speaking - pretty f**king big explosion, not the actual blast radius.
    I'm not being anal about it, they can get Alien from wherever they want. I'd just prefer tying some lose ends. Lv-426 Derelict and Bovotoya Queen both are in Schrödinger's box now. Can be used, can be destroyed  and it's all cool with me.
  13. SpreadEagleBeagle
    It should be set between Alien 3 and Resurrection with W-Y revisiting Derelict.

    I'd imagine that the explosion the size of Nebraska most likely took care of that. ;)
    IT took the colonists years to find that ship so I doubt it was near enough to be destrroyed by the explosion, also the planet is rocky and full of mountains and hills so the enviroment will be a good protection for it, can easily see it being unaffected by the atmosphere processors explosion.

    Maybe some mercenary contractors or company spec-ops (be it W-Y or some other company, like Seegson maybe), went into the  Derelict after Ripley & Co left LV426, harvested some eggs and artifacts and then blew up the Derelict before anyone else could get their hands on it as the Hadley's Hope incident was most likely going to be thoroughly investigated? Maybe the special operations company/mercenary ship "disappeared" shortly after they left the planet, not to be heard from again until years after the events in A3, which is when the Alien tv series takes place. Maybe it's a race between different actors/parties/factions to get their hands on the lost ship and its cargo.

    Again, if W-Y went under before the tv series we'd see other companies trying to fill the power vacuum and scavenge the carcass of the great wasgreacorporate behemoth - it would make for an interesting scenario with lots of intrigues, mystery and corruption.
    I think a sci-fi crime crime drama thriller with horror and action elements would fit quite well.
  14. Necronomicon II
    I'm just assuming they're trying to get him aboard for his name, nothing more. We know they basically lied in the investor call by saying he was already working alongside Hawley, while he's in talks only... which doesn't give me hope. I wonder why the talks are taking this long anyway.

    Talks are taking long because Ridley probably took a look at what they are trying to do and is saying..
    "Nope. f**k that".

    Yeah blacklabel is right, although it's more likely that Scott is busy with post-production, covid, etc. If it leads up to Giger-esque sexual A.I. goodness I'm all aboard. 🥰
  15. kwisatz
    They should build some fake sets where Ridley can run riot with Crowe and Fassbender and twentyfive simultaneous cameras.


    Put it all on some 4K Special Edition and take my 80$.
  16. Voodoo Magic
     :laugh:

    I'm just assuming they're trying to get him aboard for his name, nothing more. We know they basically lied in the investor call by saying he was already working alongside Hawley, while he's in talks only... which doesn't give me hope. I wonder why the talks are taking this long anyway.

    Yeah, name brand baby. I can see the adverts now...
    "From Executive Producer Ridley Scott, legendary director of Alien, Blade Runner and The Martian... comes the stunning new series yada yada yada." :)
  17. skhellter
    I'm just assuming they're trying to get him aboard for his name, nothing more. We know they basically lied in the investor call by saying he was already working alongside Hawley, while he's in talks only... which doesn't give me hope. I wonder why the talks are taking this long anyway.

    Talks are taking long because Ridley probably took a look at what they are trying to do and is saying..
    "Nope. f**k that".
  18. Evanus
    I'm just assuming they're trying to get him aboard for his name, nothing more. We know they basically lied in the investor call by saying he was already working alongside Hawley, while he's in talks only... which doesn't give me hope. I wonder why the talks are taking this long anyway.
  19. Voodoo Magic
    Since R. Scott is somewhat tied to the project I would say that they're going to try to stay as true as they can to the canon and continuity of the movies, the prequels included.

    I don't think Ridley Scott as an Executive Producer is a done deal yet, and at this point I would surmise the creative process has long since chugged along without him (even though Executive Producer is typically a non creative role to begin with.)
  20. judge death
    It should be set between Alien 3 and Resurrection with W-Y revisiting Derelict.

    I'd imagine that the explosion the size of Nebraska most likely took care of that. ;)
    IT took the colonists years to find that ship so I doubt it was near enough to be destrroyed by the explosion, also the planet is rocky and full of mountains and hills so the enviroment will be a good protection for it, can easily see it being unaffected by the atmosphere processors explosion.
  21. David Weyland
    I want a TV Series that stokes the fire for a third prequel, perhaps ending in a finale that interweaves & combines with said hoped Motion Picture, done right it could be deep and nourishing; banishing the naysayers, bringing us all back together but saying that...I’m an optimist! 😄
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