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FX’s John Landgraf Hints at Alien Series Setting!

It seems as though the silence regarding the FX Alien series may finally be coming to an end. After giving us an update that all the scripts for the first season of Noah Hawley’s show have been turned in, and production is scheduled for sometime next year, FX Executive John Landgraf has recently hinted to what we can expect with the setting.

 FX's John Landgraf Hints at Alien Series Setting!

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Landgraf alludes to the Earth-based location of the series, one dominated by an entity other than the typical Weyland-Yutani.

“The Alien cinematic universe is that it’s a world where that’s sort of dominated by large corporate entities, and Weylan-Yutani has been in an important component of the movies. There are references to that corporation in this show. But it actually takes place in the territory of a different corporation that Noah invented.”

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy can confirm that the territory of mention is under the control of the Prodigy Corporation, the new company revealed in a Reddit leak which we corroborated back in March.

Landgraf goes on to reiterate the series aim of merging what worked well about the first two movies, again detailing how Ripley won’t be a part of this show and that the titular Xenomorph will be featured.

“I’m a big fan of Alien and Aliens and I remember watching both of them in the theater and how how shockingly original and surprising each of them was in its own way. And so, similar to his approach to Fargo, Noah decided to not to take Ripley or any character from Alien – except perhaps the xenomorph itself – but go back and figure out what made the franchise so great and so durable in the first place and see if he could find an experience that felt like walking into a theater and seeing one of those first two movies, where you get caught off guard. That’s all I can say at this point though.”

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Comments: 34
  1. BlueMarsalis79
    Because of Noah Hawley. Not because "insert franchise" in fact, granted I gravitated towards Legion because of the relation to the X-Men, but that's ultimately a bonus to a well told story.
  2. BlueMarsalis79
    Quote from: Gimitko on Aug 04, 2022, 06:27:49 PMNoah said in a fairly recent interview that hes realized all of his recent work is about the exploitation and abuse of children. This show seems to be following that tradition by having numerous Peter Pan references already, with a character being called Wendy, the first episode "Neverland" and a very young naive CEO running what is essentially a factory for superhumans. Considering he said the show will be about "humanity at its worst" I expect childish naivete to be used for horrible ends and for core tension of the show to come from there. The young CEO of Prodigy is mentioned to have a manipulative old advisor and judging from what we have heard so far, I suspect that old advisor might desire to take over the body of his young master, transferring his conciousness to it. Hawleys villains are always remarkable. Just musing about what the show might be about, considering I know Noahs work inside and out.

    f**k yes.

  3. BlueMarsalis79
    Quote from: SiL on Aug 04, 2022, 06:08:29 PMAs Prey seems to be proving, you don't need to reinvent the wheel to keep the franchise fresh.
    Do you know that as yet?
    Not like Aliens changed the genre or anything and then Alien³ changed it again.


    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Aug 04, 2022, 06:58:29 PMHow dare you.

    That's okay, they can be incorrect about that, and are incorrect about this as well in my opinion. Just like so many wrote off Prey immediately. That's what my intuition tells me though anyway.
  4. Gimitko
    Noah said in a fairly recent interview that hes realized all of his recent work is about the exploitation and abuse of children. This show seems to be following that tradition by having numerous Peter Pan references already, with a character being called Wendy, the first episode "Neverland" and a very young naive CEO running what is essentially a factory for superhumans. Considering he said the show will be about "humanity at its worst" I expect childish naivete to be used for horrible ends and for core tension of the show to come from there. The young CEO of Prodigy is mentioned to have a manipulative old advisor and judging from what we have heard so far, I suspect that old advisor might desire to take over the body of his young master, transferring his conciousness to it. Hawleys villains are always remarkable. Just musing about what the show might be about, considering I know Noahs work inside and out.
  5. BlueMarsalis79
    Quote from: SiL on Aug 04, 2022, 10:51:30 AMSo neither scary nor exciting?

    Which seems accurate from everything said so far.


    This' more horrific to me than Alien ever was honestly, in a completely different way though, and it is in essence about body horror through transhumanism.


    The Alien being the catalyst for that or intervening aspect, could be absolutely fantastic, like Cold Forge or Into Charybdis.



    It's what I'd call conceptual horror, (Enigma of Amigara Fault, Legion FX in this example being having your body taken over and your personality changed unwillingly and Under the Skin) instead of adrenaline horror, (Alien and The Thing and Predator and Jaws) my favourites being where you mush the two together though, such as Silent Hill and Dead Space as big examples.

    But I have always found the psychology stuff more scary than the monster chasing you part.
  6. T Dog
    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Aug 04, 2022, 11:19:04 AM
    Quote from: Mike's Monsters on Aug 04, 2022, 05:45:22 AMMaybe they'll take a hint from Prey and go back to basics. From the leaks, not sure if that's the case. But with Hawley's track record, I'm very optimistic. Cautiously optimistic.

    I don't really expect something "back to basics" from this series. From the Alvarez film, however...
    "We are planning a dark, gritty reboot of Alien, a take like nobody has ever seen before!
  7. BlueMarsalis79
    Quote from: SiL on Aug 04, 2022, 06:02:39 AMImportant thematic elements but not the foundation of the film's success. The foundation was that it was a f**king scary movie about a face-raping chest-erupting monster with production design infinitely better than the concept deserved. The rest is icing on the cake.

    And yet Landgraf's making the point that Alien was scary, but each entry after that's put their own spin on the concept for better or worse.

    The thematic stuff's what survived from entry to entry and has persisted, not the fact it is horror, or action or thriller, or drama. 

    And the Alien itself, although I'd argue it's not really been the focus for the last three films at all in the franchise either, not including the AVPs.
  8. SiL
    Important thematic elements but not the foundation of the film's success. The foundation was that it was a f**king scary movie about a face-raping chest-erupting monster with production design infinitely better than the concept deserved. The rest is icing on the cake.
  9. SiL
    QuoteAsked if the Weylan-Yutani corporation is the show's focus, Landgraf says, "The Alien cinematic universe is that it's a world where that's sort of dominated by large corporate entities, and Weylan-Yutani has been in an important component of the movies. There are references to that corporation in this show. But it actually takes place in the territory of a different corporation that Noah invented."

    The executive went on to compare the series to the first two Alien films, both of which were critical and box office hits with their own uniquely creative approach.

    "I'm a big fan of Alien and Aliens and I remember watching both of them in the theater and how how shockingly original and surprising each of them was in its own way," Landgraf says. "And so, similar to his approach to Fargo, Noah decided to not to take Ripley or any character from Alien – except perhaps the xenomorph itself – but go back and figure out what made the franchise so great and so durable in the first place and see if he could find an experience that felt like walking into a theater and seeing one of those first two movies, where you get caught off guard. That's all I can say at this point though."

    TL;DR: it takes place somewhere some time and is hopefully good
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