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Noah Hawley’s Alien Series To Begin Filming September 2023

Noah Hawley’s Alien series is currently expected to begin filming later this year in September 2023 according to the latest issue of Production Weekly. The Alien series was originally supposed to go in front of cameras in March 2022, but after numerous delays and the fifth season of Hawley’s other series, Fargo, well into production, it looks like the writer/director will be setting his sights back on Alien soon.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association virtual 2022 Summer Press Tour in August 2022, FX executive John Landgraf reported that all the scripts had been delivered. Then, at the start of 2023, Landgraf commented again during the Television Critics Association January Press Tour that the series had at that point entered active pre-production.

 Noah Hawley's Alien Series To Begin Filming September 2023

Details on Noah Hawley’s Alien series have been sparse. The most recent update revealed that Sydney Chandler had been cast as one of the series’ main characters, most likely Wendy. Thanks to several leaks – most likely from casting calls – we know that Wendy is the sister of Hermit, whose consciousness has been transferred into a synthetic body. You can find further details below. Beware spoilers.

Wendy is described as tall, athletic, and androgynous. Wendy is not a human instead she is a “Hybrid”, a superhuman who is essentially perfect. However, all is not as it appears with Wendy as she in fact has the mind of Hermit’s 10 year old sister Marcy. She learns how to live and control this new body under the tutelage of “Synth” scientist Kirsh and human scientist Dame Sylvia.

Wendy eventually becomes a leader to the hybrids and creates the path for a new era of enhanced beings. Wendy, once she reaches full development, will have super strength, speed, and agility combined with the limitless courage of a young mind. Wendy is not only a new being, but a tool of monumental value to the world.

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  1. RIP77
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on May 12, 2023, 05:56:50 PM
    Quote from: RIP77 on May 12, 2023, 05:06:40 PMlike to the RE movies

    Is that really where you want this to go?



    No. On the contrary.


    That's why I put the text defending that although Wendy has super strength, she doesn't have to be a RE type but more content and minimalist  like Ex-Machine or  BR2049 that I wouldn't have liked to see big action scenes with replicants because that's not Blade Runner.


    I am open to changes in this series but I hope and that is why I say that I am optimistic that there are no exaggerated action scenes as other forum members said based storyboard and desing  Wendy.

    That is why he said that the how matters more than the what.

     Which is that Wendy has super strength with katanas. The how is the key for me.  No Want a Wendy/Alice.

  2. RIP77
    Quote from: The Eighth Passenger on May 12, 2023, 01:58:12 PM
    Quote from: Simply_Kevin on May 12, 2023, 12:49:30 PMIt was Resurrection with Cal, who was a new type of synthetic made by other synthetics,

    The new asshole model they were putting out?


    Quote from: RIP77 on May 11, 2023, 09:15:17 PMSaying that because Wendy is superhuman it will be a superhero/action series is like saying that because in Prometheus  engineers two meters  came out with super strength, muscles the movie would be a superhero movie and not what it was.

    The engineers were supposed to be big because they are supposed to be the space jockeys from the first film.

    The engineers were actually widely lambasted on here for being too small compared to the original space jockey.

    Their strength also appears to be consistent with their size and therefore realistic.




    Yes. I don't criticize the engineers.

    I'm just saying that they could put more commercial action for being the way they are.And  not have liked in one of Alien something like that

    With Wendy they can put action  like to the RE movies for example style Alice or they can be more minimalist and contained even with super strength as with the Engineer.




  3. TC
    Quote from: reecebomb on May 12, 2023, 01:52:36 PMI'm willing to give this series a chance only if it manifestly states that the story doesn't take place in the same universe as Alien, Aliens, Alien 3.

    If some new writer wants to riff on a well-known franchise because they think they have an interesting take on the material (and I have no problem with this), sometimes the respectful thing to do is make it plain that what they have is an alt-universe story, like a (hard) reboot. But the temptation is not to do so because the lore and canon of the original is usually the biggest selling point of any long-standing franchise, and they naturally want to lure in that ready-made audience.

    The way I see it, Aliens was the result of Cameron riffing on Alien. It worked because (among other things) sci-fi action-horror is a close match to sci-fi suspense-horror. A big franchise is like a complete genre all on its own, and Aliens didn't jump outside the Alientm genre, whereas Ghost in the Shell-Alien probably does (just like I feel happened with Prometheus). With Aliens some of the tone changed, but the lore and canon remained intact. At least, it did until the Quadrilogy version of Alien showed us the egg-morphing. But by then it was too late, the fans had already given Aliens the nod of approval way back in 1986  :). Plus, Aliens was a good storytelling and that always helps. Maybe the same will apply with Hawley.

    TC
  4. 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔈𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱𝔥 𝔓𝔞𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯
    Quote from: Simply_Kevin on May 12, 2023, 12:49:30 PMIt was Resurrection with Cal, who was a new type of synthetic made by other synthetics,

    The new asshole model they were putting out?


    Quote from: RIP77 on May 11, 2023, 09:15:17 PMSaying that because Wendy is superhuman it will be a superhero/action series is like saying that because in Prometheus  engineers two meters  came out with super strength, muscles the movie would be a superhero movie and not what it was.

    The engineers were supposed to be big because they are supposed to be the space jockeys from the first film.

    The engineers were actually widely lambasted on here for being too small compared to the original space jockey.

    Their strength also appears to be consistent with their size and therefore realistic.
  5. Simply_Kevin
    I think knowing about the endgame for the main character has ruined any possibility of a slow paced balanced character arc. Everyone who read about it already knows where it leads to and everyone is jumping to conclusions. Chill out, guys! It's a series, not a movie. It has enough time to develop concepts. Conceptual art is not final product. It's not even vetted by the cinematographer! Many things change on set, lines and scenes can be re-written on the spot, then there's editing and soundtrack... And to be fair, giving synthetics more depth isn't something new. It wasn't Prometheus which pioneered that. It was Resurrection with Cal, who was a new type of synthetic made by other synthetics, that took part in a revolution (hello, Blade Runner). I know that movie isn't great, but it has many nice ideas.
  6. SiL
    Quote from: RIP77 on May 11, 2023, 09:15:17 PMSaying that because Wendy is superhuman it will be a superhero/action series is like saying that because in Prometheus  engineers two meters  came out with super strength, muscles the movie would be a superhero movie and not what it was.
    Except the Engineers are villains and bigger, badder bad guys in successive instalments is pretty normal. It's not the same at all.
  7. 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔈𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱𝔥 𝔓𝔞𝔰𝔰𝔢𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on May 11, 2023, 11:48:45 AM
    Quote from: Bojo on May 10, 2023, 09:51:16 PMGetting slight Major from Ghost in the shell vibes.

    Hopefully that's roughly what it turns out like.



    Sounds like they are still planning on filming in Thailand according to @Corporal Hicks. Can't imagine tropical beaches with palm trees in an Alien setting but Bangkok has some seriously cyberpunk/GITS looking areas.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FDzLMW6VQAIs1eL?format=jpg&name=small

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FDzLJs_VUAATSxp?format=jpg&name=small

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FAbFapJVQAEEOjq?format=jpg&name=large


    Quote from: skhellter on May 11, 2023, 11:49:52 PM
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on May 11, 2023, 09:44:59 PMOn the other hand, our first look at the engineer in Prometheus wasn't it dual wielding katanas, facing off against a hissing Alien.

    i don't think Hawley knew that this would be our first look at Wendy.. via a leak in a forum.

    Wasn't that concept art intentionally given to AVP Galaxy?
  8. reecebomb
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on May 11, 2023, 11:35:01 PMConcept art thread.

    Ok, thanks. Learned now also it will take place before Alien or even Prometheus.

    Quote from: RIP77 on May 11, 2023, 09:15:17 PMThe context is important.

    Focus is important.


    Saying that because Wendy is superhuman it will be a superhero/action series is like saying that because in Prometheus  engineers two meters  came out with super strength, muscles the movie would be a superhero movie and not what it was.



    This series will have various approaches and genres and Noah has described it as a cold war thriller as well as action, pure horror.

    But just because there's a character like Wendy doesn't mean this is one of Alita-type superheroes or martial arts.

    Ex-Machina has a female character as well and the movie is not ridiculous action or superheroes but a serious and terrifying thriller.


    The character is as he is but the series will be as it will be and we still don't know.


    District9 and Transformers have in common but it is radically different.
    The Lord of the Rings has in common with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power but is very different.
    Batman and Robin has in common with The Batman but is very different.
    Aliens has in common with Alien 4 (there are aliens...) but it is very different.


    Yes, in this new Noah series it seems that Wendy is superhuman with super strength but then you have to see the execution, narrative, context In your head you imagine the worst scenario believing that it will be like Transformers  or Residents Evil movies ( Wendy like Alice) with a thousand exaggerated fights but that this element exists, Wendy does not mean that the series is like that in the examples that I gave, the key is the final result, not the premise and even less the premise of your imagination that is put in the worst scenario.

    That there is a character like Wendy can be positive if they touch on themes like Blade Runner, Ghost in the shell, Ex-Machine too. More sober, elegant, adult than blockbuster Disney or Marvel.

    In Blade Runner 2049 there were replicants with super strength, more budget, more fx than Blade Runner 82 but the movie is not an action movie, it is not a typical blockbusters and the combats are more minimalist and content putting the characters, narrative above the combats .

    Before the premiere, it was doubtful ( the people in general )  whether Villeneuve would put in as much action  comercial as he seemed in the trailer with those characters with big force , but in the end it didn't happen, not as people imagined for the worse.


    The president of Fx has said that it will be a reinvention, expansion in the Noah style but also pure Alien.

    The actress hired on Instagram uploaded a story with those statements.


    This series will anger and the movie in theory will be more faithful to the classic formula. Eso lo entiendo y ese es el plan con dos productos Alien tan diferentes el mismo año o cerca. Saga Alien is dead , never was perfect saga. Alien4, Prometheus ( love this movie) ,Covenant, AVP1,2...

    Now i  want risk too. No only "remake" Alien of fede with similar style.


    That is why in PREY the protagonist was criticized before seeing her and then  liked her character.

    prejudices of old fans.

    But the angry fan's imagination is overblown with a character like Wendy. In the Alien universe there may be such a character and the how is more important than the what.



    My opinion. Comment optimist of course, i accept this.


    I respectfully disagree, this will be worse than any Transformers or Transmorphers movie.
  9. RIP77
    The context is important.

    Focus is important.


    Saying that because Wendy is superhuman it will be a superhero/action series is like saying that because in Prometheus  engineers two meters  came out with super strength, muscles the movie would be a superhero movie and not what it was.



    This series will have various approaches and genres and Noah has described it as a cold war thriller as well as action, pure horror.

    But just because there's a character like Wendy doesn't mean this is one of Alita-type superheroes or martial arts.

    Ex-Machina has a female character as well and the movie is not ridiculous action or superheroes but a serious and terrifying thriller.


    The character is as he is but the series will be as it will be and we still don't know.


    District9 and Transformers have in common but it is radically different.
    The Lord of the Rings has in common with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power but is very different.
    Batman and Robin has in common with The Batman but is very different.
    Aliens has in common with Alien 4 (there are aliens...) but it is very different.


    Yes, in this new Noah series it seems that Wendy is superhuman with super strength but then you have to see the execution, narrative, context In your head you imagine the worst scenario believing that it will be like Transformers  or Residents Evil movies ( Wendy like Alice) with a thousand exaggerated fights but that this element exists, Wendy does not mean that the series is like that in the examples that I gave, the key is the final result, not the premise and even less the premise of your imagination that is put in the worst scenario.

    That there is a character like Wendy can be positive if they touch on themes like Blade Runner, Ghost in the shell, Ex-Machine too. More sober, elegant, adult than blockbuster Disney or Marvel.

    In Blade Runner 2049 there were replicants with super strength, more budget, more fx than Blade Runner 82 but the movie is not an action movie, it is not a typical blockbusters and the combats are more minimalist and content putting the characters, narrative above the combats .

    Before the premiere, it was doubtful ( the people in general )  whether Villeneuve would put in as much action  comercial as he seemed in the trailer with those characters with big force , but in the end it didn't happen, not as people imagined for the worse.


    The president of Fx has said that it will be a reinvention, expansion in the Noah style but also pure Alien.

    The actress hired on Instagram uploaded a story with those statements.


    This series will anger and the movie in theory will be more faithful to the classic formula. Eso lo entiendo y ese es el plan con dos productos Alien tan diferentes el mismo año o cerca. Saga Alien is dead , never was perfect saga. Alien4, Prometheus ( love this movie) ,Covenant, AVP1,2...

    Now i  want risk too. No only "remake" Alien of fede with similar style.


    That is why in PREY the protagonist was criticized before seeing her and then  liked her character.

    prejudices of old fans.

    But the angry fan's imagination is overblown with a character like Wendy. In the Alien universe there may be such a character and the how is more important than the what.



    My opinion. Comment optimist of course, i accept this.
  10. reecebomb
    Quote from: BlueMarsalis79 on May 11, 2023, 11:48:45 AMHopefully that's roughly what it turns out like.



    Earth is a terrible setting for Alien story to take place but with the same attention to detail and gritty analog feel of GITS 1995 would be incredible and quite fitting for Alien (as is Blade Runner). But let's be real, this will have the same artificial and sterile world that most streaming era sci-fi/fantasy is plagued with.

    Come to think of it, GITS 2017 was pretty decent visually. Of course it didn't exactly escape the digital sheen and somehow the anime looked more realistic, it was still decent.
  11. reecebomb
    You know what would make Alien relatable and scary again - having a protagonist that has superhero characteristics.
    Though this has been kinda done already with Ripley 8 (and perhaps David) - didn't work. Super strength, speed, and agility combined with the limitless courage of a young mind - f**king hell.

    Amazing how clueless the current crop of writers/filmmakers are that have somehow managed to get their hands on Alien franchise. Should have let AI write it at this point. Only reason why I keep checking Alien related news is nothing but morbid curiosity.
  12. nanison
    We will see this Wendy beating aliens in hand to hand combat. I can already envision a parkour scene where she is being pursued by aliens as she jumps and runs and climbs her way out of their claws because she has the same agility and speed as the monster :o
    First Cameron turned aliens into cannon fodder which was blasphemous but granted it also kicked ass, I love the film.  Now they will be out fought by a human hybrid, it is the next step in destroying an iconic monster.


  13. Veita
    Imo this sounds extremely shallow and boring. Again the focus seems (at least until now) to be set on synthetics (or hybrids) instead of Xenomorphs. Hopefully I am wrong and we have to wait how the show will turn out but I am not hyped and I am not entertained by reading that character description.
  14. nanison
    So this Wendy is nothing more than a superhero with incredible strength, speed and agility. Boring, I was hoping the influence of superheros would be starting to diminish by now.
    It is not going to be about aliens at all, they're just there to add a thread but it is all about those super hybrids probably.
    A good aliens show should centre around the thread of the aliens, a survival show.
  15. Drukathi
    Strong Species vibes.

    Also, I still wonder how this plot is combined with a broken ship and the xenomorph in the forest. It seems as if the synopsis and images belong to different projects.
  16. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: XENOMORPHOSIS on May 09, 2023, 01:03:55 AMIt looks to be most likely Alien Romulus will premier on Hul u before this Alien TV show.

    Yeah, I'm expecting that to be the case as well.


    Quote from: Gimitko on May 08, 2023, 05:12:28 PMHawleys regular cinematographer turned director is currently in Thailand. It was mentioned the series will shoot in Thailand awhile back. Could be doing location scouting.


    Production Weekly still has Thailand being the location too.
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