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!