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Showrunner Noah Hawley reveals New Details and a Progress Report on his Upcoming Alien TV Series!

News has been very sparce lately when it comes to the highly anticipated new Alien television series currently being developed for FX Networks. Originally announced last December, FX chief John Landgraf indicated at the time that they were “moving quickly to bring audiences the first television series based on one of the greatest science-fiction horror classics ever made.”

Since that revelation however, new updates in regards to this anticipated series have been few and far between. Well now, thanks to an interview over at Vanity Fair, showrunner Noah Hawley has provided plenty of new exciting details regarding Alien’s first foray into episodic television!

First, in regards to the series being fast-tracked, Noah explained why the pace of the show’s development may have slowed down, and that it’s important to get it right. He also reveals that shooting will perhaps begin next Spring!

“I’ve written a couple of scripts, the first two scripts, and we’re looking to make them next spring. When you get to something with this level of visual effects, there’s a lot of preparation that has to go into it. What’s been really illuminating is to see that the entire film industry had to take a year off and they are now trying to jam two years of production into one year. So it’s very hard to look on the planet earth and see where you might make something in the next six months. Everyone is racing to make up for lost time. So, I figure let that bubble burst a little bit and we’ll do it right.”

Noah also explained why he picked Earth as the setting for the series, which has been perceived as a controversial choice among some fans:

“It’s a story that’s set on Earth also. The alien stories are always trapped… Trapped in a prison, trapped in a space ship. I thought it would be interesting to open it up a little bit so that the stakes of “What happens if you can’t contain it?” are more immediate.”

Hawley also provided us a glimpse into what possibly might lie at the heart of the new Alien TV series:

“On some level it’s also a story about inequality. You know, one of the things that I love about the first movie is how ’70s a movie it is, and how it’s really this blue collar space-trucker world in which Yaphet Kotto and Harry Dean Stanton are basically Waiting for Godot. They’re like Samuel Beckett characters, ordered to go to a place by a faceless nameless corporation. The second movie is such an ’80s movie, but it’s still about grunts. Paul Reiser is middle management at best. So, it is the story of the people you send to do the dirty work.”

“In mine, you’re also going to see the people who are sending them. So you will see what happens when the inequality we’re struggling with now isn’t resolved. If we as a society can’t figure out how to prop each other up and spread the wealth, then what’s going to happen to us? There’s that great Sigourney Weaver line to Paul Reiser where she says, “I don’t know which species is worse. At least they don’t fuck each other over for a percentage.”

Now be sure to read the entire interview over at Vanity Fair and keep coming back to Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest Alien TV Series news! You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien and Predator fans on our forums!

And a special thanks goes to seattle24 and Dave from Xenomorphing.com for a “heads up” on this exciting news!



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  1. Nightmare Asylum
    A 2023 debut is right on the money with what I expected, once Hawley cited a probable Spring 2022 production start in that last interview.

    Don't like the "Cinematic Universe" terminology being applied here (unless it happens to mean that we're going to get both this and a third prequel film from Ridley in development concurrently ;) ) but I guess that's the way of the world we live in, the way the studios see their "brands" now...

    Anyways, looking forward to seeing what comes of this and hoping that Hawley has something unique and interesting up his sleeve!
  2. The Eighth Passenger
    Quote from: Eric Goldman
    Landgraf says Hawley’s Alien is “very grounded” and he is keeping in mind there’s a cinematic universe and aesthetic established by Ridley Scott and James Cameron. Ridley Scott is involved. There’s an inventiveness that is “uniquely Noah” but it feels like a part of Alien. #TCA21

    https://twitter.com/TheEricGoldman/status/1426225217072820224

    Quote from: Eric Goldman
    Landgraf says the #Alien series has "design and sets and world building that is huge” and that "We’re well into it.” It will likely debut in 2023 but they’ll take whatever time is needed. #TCA21

    https://twitter.com/TheEricGoldman/status/1426226991674454016

    Quote from: Deadline
    ‘Alien’: FX Boss Says Noah Hawley’s Series Will “Feel Like A Part Of The Cinematic Universe,” Teases Premiere Year

    https://twitter.com/DEADLINE/status/1426233451338997763

    Quote from: Kelly Lawler
    "I think (Noah Hawley) was very conscious of the fact that there's a cinematic universe if you will" Landgraf on Hawley's #Alien series. Points out that there is "some flexibility" to the aesthetic but it will feel "part of the cinematic universe of Alien you're used to" #TCA21

    https://twitter.com/klawls/status/1426224639475388420





  3. Immortan Jonesy
    Well, we are the aliens. ;)

    https://www.alien-covenant.com/aliencovenant_uploads/b5cc0b0995a44e1acf26cf38fd920c4b.jpg


    *Sigh* If only i could write it off as non-canon......

    Sometimes I get the feeling that Ridley always intended David to be an Engineer.

    https://i.ibb.co/MGNysNX/Pics-Art-08-09-09-58-58.png

    Maybe the Predator's weapon division hired him to steal the Alien blueprint from his jockey world. Kinda like Jurassic Park but this time it's Aliens.

    https://i.ibb.co/rk8YfbK/descarga-1.jpg

    Edit: https://i.ibb.co/vsHXV20/621f8b1aba315c344ed66b4957927a38.jpg
  4. RabidNinja

    My best guess is that Xenos will be a one-trick pony in this series while the cast take centre stage in a relatable yet dramatic setting that will coincide with death, backstabbing, betrayal, revelations and corporate jargon. Fair enough, if it creates a neutral view of WY, a company who, on the surface level are portrayed as an evil megalomaniacal corporation hell bent on capturing xenos for their bio-weapons division, while deeper more intricate workings are filled with moral class wars and stock market meltdowns.


    A bigger concern would be the revelation of a shock value moment in the series for a main character to go "No....we are the aliens. We're the monsters.".


    AT THE VERY LEAST. Give us half a season of a power outage with a lone xeno roaming a station, completely isolated from the rest of the world with the other characters having Game of Thrones level of survivability (A la Alien Isolation) or the aftermath of a corporation decision resulting in the deaths and impregnation of....gee, an entire colony?  ::)
  5. HuDaFuK
    Commercial aircraft crash fairly frequently even now. I see no reason why space travel would be any different.

    It'd make the news, but it wouldn't necessarily be the only case.
  6. Baron Von Marlon
    An X-Files approach might be something.
    A government agency sends a small team to investigate the shady Weyland(-Yutani), coming across all kinds of stuff like a Company conspiracy, Engineer enthusiasts instead of ufo ones, crazy scientists and/or cult people obsessed with the xeno,...

    Or a larger team approach like they did in Bones. Two main characters with others that come and go.
  7. Kimarhi
    I actually hope that the show will be more of a corporate thriller and murder myster crime show in a sci-fi setting with steadily increasing aspects of sci-fi mystery and horror being introduced as the season proceeds. I really hope that it won't be action-heavy and too focused on origins and fantastical stuff. If it can channel the fear of the unknown and the eternal cold unforgiving darkness of space combined with the drudge and callousness corporate greed and human corruption and idiocy, I'll be happy. I personally hope that the series will be more like Fargo than Legion, if you know what I mean.

    I think this is the most logical conclusion. 

    You could add more political intrigue and human factions in later seasons.  Maybe Marine CID trying to stop WY from getting away with WY things but having to play a political game to do so.  That way you still keep series favorites in it, but don't go in with a bunch of guns blazing infantry Marines. 
  8. SpreadEagleBeagle
    I actually hope that the show will be more of a corporate thriller and murder myster crime show in a sci-fi setting with steadily increasing aspects of sci-fi mystery and horror being introduced as the season proceeds. I really hope that it won't be action-heavy and too focused on origins and fantastical stuff. If it can channel the fear of the unknown and the eternal cold unforgiving darkness of space combined with the drudge and callousness corporate greed and human corruption and idiocy, I'll be happy. I personally hope that the series will be more like Fargo than Legion, if you know what I mean.
  9. David Weyland
    The ideas you guys are throwing around are not very appealing to me. What do I care about some shady company or some investigation into a missing ship. It should be about aliens. There should be suspense and horror and a bunch of characters you don’t want to die.
    I’d still watch it though  ;D

    I think regardless of idea or time, think they’re gonna string us out over a number of episodes before they’ll give you a bit of what you want
  10. nanison
    The ideas you guys are throwing around are not very appealing to me. What do I care about some shady company or some investigation into a missing ship. It should be about aliens. There should be suspense and horror and a bunch of characters you don’t want to die.
    I’d still watch it though  ;D
  11. David Weyland
    Back in the day I assumed that a Prometheus followup would be about a second ship (presumably from Yutani) sent in after the Prometheus went missing to recover assets/investigate what happened.

    As for the people of Earth knowing about the Prometheus expedition, I'd imagine that the big 3 trillion dollar vanity project of Weyland's must have made some headlines, even if he himself was believed to be dead. :D Based on Vickers' own words though, it seemed it would probably be pretty common knowledge that she was on board and ducking out of the shareholders' squabbles.

    Be interesting to see how WY bat off curiosity of the missing presumed dead 2000+ of the Covenant though

    Easier to cover up the Prometheus as an in-house job

    But Covenant is (Well do you think they’re gonna live?😄) bigger crime against humanity than Nostromo & Hadleys Hope put together to gloss over
  12. [cancerblack]
    If your talking about no unified response that is just the states being states.  It isn't quite true but they are actually run more like individual countries.  Part of a union, but also allowed to handle state business on their own. 

    That said it is going to effect people working, people wanting or not wanting to work, shipping and transportation etc.  We've had a HUGE problem with shipping this year, and this year the pandemic has been lighter as a whole than it was last year in terms of shutdowns and mandates.  People just don't want to work until the whole thing is over.

    I could go work in a warehouse for better money than I make now because it is getting so bad. :/

    I mean that there's broadly, a left-right partisan divide in opinion on this stuff to the point that the left are shrieking neurotics and the right are more interested in spiting the left than actually, like, being alive.
  13. Nightmare Asylum
    Back in the day I assumed that a Prometheus followup would be about a second ship (presumably from Yutani) sent in after the Prometheus went missing to recover assets/investigate what happened.

    As for the people of Earth knowing about the Prometheus expedition, I'd imagine that the big 3 trillion dollar vanity project of Weyland's must have made some headlines, even if he himself was believed to be dead. :D Based on Vickers' own words though, it seemed it would probably be pretty common knowledge that she was on board and ducking out of the shareholders' squabbles.
  14. Immortan Jonesy
    I am not a connoisseur of movie background material, so it was a surprise to me to learn that people on Earth knew about Prometheus. For some reason I thought it was a secret mission or something.  :laugh:

    Daniels: Dr. E. Shaw.

    Walter: Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. She was the chief science officer of the "Prometheus".

    Daniels: The ship that disappeared.

    Walter: Precisely, ten years ago. Weyland Industries.

    Daniels: This isn't a Weyland ship. Dr. Shaw. How did she end up here?

    I think a series about the investigation of some lost expedition or missing spaceship would be great. You do need the Alien somehow though. And that is one of the many reasons why I would like to see an anthology in the form of a tv show.
  15. Nightmare Asylum
    If I was in charge I’d have a parallel third prequel film coincide and or link into the new series like some concerned & inquisitive family members of the Covenant crew & the 2000 colonists trying to find out what happened to them but being met by the deadly & secretive bureaucracy of Weyland Yutani…like I wonder who was in command of the company once the Prometheus set off never to return?
    IMO this is a sweeter spot in the timeline to expand

    Based on Weyland-Yutani forming in the pretty immediate aftermath of Prometheus, it seems that the vacuum in power left by the simultaneous disappearance of both Peter Weyland and Meredith Vickers much have left Weyland Industries in a pretty bad state of disarray. I know in the film Vickers mentions a sort of squabble for power among the various other prominent figureheads within the corporation, and whoever came out on top there, presumably, would have been the one to seek out expansion in the form of the merger with Yutani (Unless the offer came the other way around? With Weyland Industries in such a bad place that it was Yutani as the more stable company that swooped in and scooped them up?).
  16. David Weyland
    If I was in charge I’d have a parallel third prequel film coincide and or link into the new series like some concerned & inquisitive family members of the Covenant crew & the 2000 colonists trying to find out what happened to them but being met by the deadly & secretive bureaucracy of Weyland Yutani…like I wonder who was in command of the company once the Prometheus set off never to return?
    IMO this is a sweeter spot in the timeline to expand
  17. SpreadEagleBeagle
    Yup. Sorry for getting political but anti-vaxers and anti-maskers really suck. We have poorer nations begging to get the vaccine, yet here we are in the west, whining about "government over-reach" and whatnot, prolonging the suffering when in reality we have the means to get back on track in a couple of weeks up to a month or two if everyone just put on their big boy/girl pants and get vaccinated. And if not, just effin' wear a mask indoors in public until it's over.

    Anyways, my pessimistic estimate is that we won't see this TV series until the summer or fall of 2023.
  18. Kimarhi
    If your talking about no unified response that is just the states being states.  It isn't quite true but they are actually run more like individual countries.  Part of a union, but also allowed to handle state business on their own. 

    That said it is going to effect people working, people wanting or not wanting to work, shipping and transportation etc.  We've had a HUGE problem with shipping this year, and this year the pandemic has been lighter as a whole than it was last year in terms of shutdowns and mandates.  People just don't want to work until the whole thing is over.

    I could go work in a warehouse for better money than I make now because it is getting so bad. :/
  19. Nightmare Asylum
    It totally varies situation by situation – all we know here is that as of a month or so ago when Hawley gave an interview, the first two episodes had been written and he said that the aim is to start shooting roughly next Spring.
  20. nanison
    I’m not very familiar with tv shows and how long it takes to produce one after it is announced. So when is the best guess this will be on tv?
    When a tv show is announced does it mean it is already written? Or does it mean they really have to start from scratch. From what I understand they don‘t even have a cast yet? I suppose it could take years before this is actually shot?
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