Last week, Noah Hawley revealed that filming on the Alien FX series will recommence in Bangkok next year after the recent strikes. He has done a further interview with The Hollywood Reporter who asked him about his current projects and the effects the recent strikes had on his work. He mentions some of the trouble he had at the start of the Alien project with the Disney-Fox merger and the studio pressuring the makers to do different things with the show.
As you said, you had a partner in Landgraf who said, “Make your version of Alien.” So, what have been the challenges of doing that?
There was a challenge early on simply because this process started in a pre-Disney Fox, and then became a Disney Fox, which was Bob Iger, and then Bob Chapek and now Iger again, and there was definitely a moment in which it felt like, on a corporate level, the people who make the creative decisions are different than the people who make the financial decisions and there was a lot of internal pressure that the show should do a specific thing or not do a specific thing.
How did that get communicated?
It was doubt. There was an element for my partners of having to navigate an org chart that was trying to take some creative power up to the next level in a way that makes it harder for artists. That said, it was temporary. We’re not in that moment now, but I think that was part of what extended the development period.
Hawley goes on to say that he collaborates with Alien director Ridley Scott on a regular basis about the show to get his insights and ideas.
What is Ridley Scott’s involvement in the TV show? Having directed the film, is he involved?
I mean, are the Coens involved in Fargo?Let’s just say, I’ve probably had more conversations with Ridley than I’ve had with Joel and Ethan. Scott Free [Productions] is producing Alien and Ridley is making two or three movies a year is basically how that’s working. I mean, Ridley has been an amazing collaborator to the degree that I can pick his brain about all of his thoughts, processes, decisions and the things that he’s learned. And I try to keep him [in the loop] and send him material so that he feels respected and included. But also, he’s doing his thing.
The Alien series is executive produced by Ridley Scott and takes place on Earth around 70 years in the future before Ripley’s story begins.
The cast includes Sydney Chandler, Alex Lawther plays a soldier named CJ, Samuel Blenkin as Boy Kavalier, a CEO. Essie Davis plays Dame Silvia and Adarsh Gourav as Slightly. Kit Young plays Tootles. The Alien TV series is due to air in 2025 on FX on Hulu.
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