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Noah Hawley Speaks on Prequel Alien Origin Being “Inherently less useful” to the Story of the FX Alien Series

While on the promotional tour for Fargo Season 5, Writer/Director Noah Hawley recently spoke with KCRW’s ‘The Business,’ about his upcoming FX Produced Alien series. NPR critic and self described sci-fi nerd Eric Deggans asked Hawley about the show. The discussion starts with Hawley reiterating some of his goals with FX’s Alien, including the exploration of human societal dynamics.

“There’s a moment in the second film where Sigourney Weaver says, ‘I don’t know which species is worse — you don’t see them screwing each other over for a percentage.’ I think there’s something really intriguing about exploring humanity in all its goods and evils and then trying to recreate for an audience those feelings you had in watching those first two films — which isn’t easy in a franchise that has had four subsequent films and another film coming out soon, but I think I have some tricks up my sleeve.”

A Xenomorph attacks a crane arm in Alien: Covenant

One particular quote of interest was his response to the question of if his show would connect to the Alien prequels, and it doesn’t sound like it will. Hawley emphasized his preference to the ‘retro-future tech’ of the first two films as opposed to the more advanced technological aesthetic of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. He also alluded to how he didn’t much care for the idea of the Xenomorph as a recently created creature…

“Ridley and I have talked about this — and many, many elements of the show,” Hawley says. “For me, and for a lot of people, this ‘perfect life form’ — as it was described in the first film — is the product of millions of years of evolution that created this creature that may have existed for a million years out there in space. The idea that, on some level, it was a bioweapon created half an hour ago, that’s just inherently less useful to me. And in terms of the mythology, what’s scary about this monster, is that when you look at those first two movies, you have this retro-futuristic technology. You have giant computer monitors, these weird keyboards … You have to make a choice. Am I doing that? Because in the prequels, Ridley made the technology thousands of years more advanced than the technology of Alien, which is supposed to take place in those movies’ future. There’s something about that that doesn’t really compute for me. I prefer the retro-futurism of the first two films. And so that’s the choice I’ve made — there’s no holograms. The convenience of that beautiful Apple store technology is not available to me.”

Head on over to KCRW to listen to the full audio interview. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the news. Keep your browsers locked on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest Alien 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!

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