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Alien FX Series Held Working Title of ‘Alien: Prodigy’ and Codename of ‘Mr. October’

It was recently reported by World of Reel and Scifi & Fantasy Gazette (who credited the scoop to “insider” Daniel Richtman) that the working title for the upcoming FX Alien series is ‘Alien: Neverland’.

Though it’s possible things may have changed with the title recently, we think that there could have been some confusion over the working title of the Alien series with that of its first episode, which we previously revealed was titled ‘Neverland’ back in 2022.

Below, we can exclusively show an early logo for the series with the title Alien: Prodigy, and which also includes ‘Neverland’ as the episode title:

 Alien FX Series Held Working Title of 'Alien: Prodigy' and Codename of 'Mr. October'

We can also show you a glimpse of the series original codename, Mr. October, which featured a clever use of the Weyland-Yutani logo’s W inverted:

 Alien FX Series Held Working Title of 'Alien: Prodigy' and Codename of 'Mr. October'

The series’ premiere episode was also originally titled Mr. October until it was shifted down the line-up to become the second episode of the series, with a new episode titled Neverland written to open the series.

Although the upcoming film Alien: Romulus was a case of a working title becoming the actual title of the film, we are unable to collaborate the series being called Alien: Neverland. However, we also cannot rule out that the working title has changed. It is also worth noting that Richtman was also correct about Alien: Romulus’ title.

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  1. Jaws the Revenge
    I guess The Pre Op Children in context as an episode title say on episode 4 or something would make sense. It's just a bit of a loaded title on its on. I figured it was regarded enhanced features and A.I downloads etc. But it's kinda a bit 😳 seeing it on its own.
  2. Nightmare Asylum
    Quote from: Jaws the Revenge on Yesterday at 03:31:57 PMThis I thought was an April Fools. Except it's June.
    " The Pre Op Children " - seriously 😳
    Is that a sarcastic joke ? And hopefully not on the end product.

    That seems to be an episode title or general premise, if anything. It is likely referring to the children before the experiments that move their minds into synthetic bodies are conducted.

    That isn't being reported as the title of the series itself.
  3. Jaws the Revenge
    This I thought was an April Fools. Except it's June.
    " The Pre Op Children " - seriously 😳
    Is that a sarcastic joke ? And hopefully not on the end product.
  4. cucuchu
    Quote from: Prez on Jun 11, 2024, 11:50:44 AMCouldn't care less about the name TBH.
    Hawley has proven himself to me with Fargo and in part with Legion (which I still need to finish) so I'm pretty positive.

    Likewise although I still need to watch Legion.

    I feel like Fargo definitely incorporated more horror elements in the last couple seasons.
    Spoiler
    season 4 with the ghost and season 5 with the sin-eater
    [close]
    . The violence/gore in Fargo is on point too, there have been some fairly brutal moments in the series.  I have absolute faith Hawley can create horror/tension with an Alien series.

    Where I slightly worry is with the writing and that is simply because season 4 was pretty generic compared to first 3 seasons, and season 5 had a very poor payoff (ALL my opinion, I know others will disagree). But that is comparing the last two seasons to the first three which were arguably some of the best television ever made, especially the first 2. But there is a trend there in a decline in the quality. But even with that, all 5 seasons of Fargo have had very well-written characters with flaws, quirks and nuance.

    So all in all, I'm fairly optimistic in the series. Hopefully Hawley having a multi-season plan for the series will ensure the plot stays tight and drives towards something interesting. It will be fun to watch regardless.
  5. BigChapismyBestFriend
    Quote from: Slutty Badger on Jun 12, 2024, 05:22:42 PM
    Quote from: Mr. Joe on Jun 12, 2024, 10:28:42 AMAlien: Prodigy, Alien: Neverland. Season 2 or Romulus sequel Alien: Engineers, Alien: Predators. Predators vs Aliens, Bad Blood Predators, WY Commando, Combat Androids AI ...     

    ...wat.
    If I have a quarter for every time, I see you use That word this week I'll have two  Quarters which Isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice.
  6. Mr. Joe
    Alien: Prodigy, Alien: Neverland. Season 2 or Romulus sequel Alien: Engineers, Alien: Predators. Predators vs Aliens, Bad Blood Predators, WY Commando, Combat Androids AI ...     
  7. Nightmare Asylum
    Quote from: Duracell on Jun 11, 2024, 10:20:51 PMso far sounds a bit like hawley is more interested in cyborg/android/human identity shenanigans, and had to throw in some aliens in there to get funding. kinda like the prequels actually. also the retarded character names are a huge red flag. cautiously pessimistic atm.

    As I was reading this post I was starting to formulate a response with some speculation that the Alien's biomechanics are going to be key to the bridging of a human consciousness and a synthetic body,  but as I kept going, I spied at least one much more significant red flag in the post than any of the ones you're citing.
  8. Duracell
    so far sounds a bit like hawley is more interested in cyborg/android/human identity shenanigans, and had to throw in some aliens in there to get funding. kinda like the prequels actually. also the retarded character names are a huge red flag. cautiously pessimistic atm.
  9. Local Trouble
    It sounds like a self-indulgent Peter Pan-flavored fever dream.  And if there's time, maybe an alien or two will make an appearance.

    Kinda like how I think Vincent Ward's neo-medieval wooden planet fantasy version of Alien 3 would have gone.
  10. Prez
    Couldn't care less about the name TBH.
    Hawley has proven himself to me with Fargo and in part with Legion (which I still need to finish) so I'm pretty positive.
  11. Jia
    Surely people are overreacting. It's a name- it reflects themes of the show-prodigy fits whole AI race aspect while Neverland is a clever guess given how all characters have peter pan adjacent names. But again, it's just a name.....shows quality or narrative can hardly be determined by it
  12. GrimmVision
    This "Neverland" news is spreading pretty quickly on various outlets and people are definitely ragging on it quite a bit.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the show runners come forward with some clarification. Having this amount of negativity surrounding the project this early based on the name alone doesn't bode well.
  13. Mike’s Monsters
    Quote from: PortugueseXeno on Jun 10, 2024, 06:57:20 PMSeems like news will start to pick up for the TV Series.

    I'm all curious as to whether they will focus on practical effects for the Xeno, full CGI or a mix of both.

    I know Mike's Monsters and a few people here went to Legacy Effect Studios and they saw what they did for Romulus, but i wonder if someone here has any scoop as to how things will be made and used in the TV series.

    All I've heard is WETA is doing effects. They do both practical and digital. They did some practical stuff for Romulus along with Legacy.
  14. Nightmare Asylum
    I'm all on board with the thematic implications that come along with "Neverland" (and quite like it as the name of the Prodigy black site where the experiments with the children are happening, in-universe), I just don't think "Alien: Neverland" really rolls off the tongue all that well as the title of a series.

    On the note of the experiments on the children, I guess the "Pre-Op Children" goes hand in hand there. Kids that haven't yet been operated on, I'm assuming. Bet we don't see Chandler as Wendy until the tail end of the first episode, based on that info. Will probably spend a lot of initial time with her with a child playing the character before her consciousness is moved into the synth body that Chandler plays.
  15. PortugueseXeno
    I'm glad that the series isn't just titled Alien.

    And as excited as i am for Alien: Romulus going back to the space horror vibe of the first movie, i'm also glad to see Noah Hawley try to do something more unique and ambitious.

    I have trust in him after Fargo, so i'll just wait and see.

  16. Nightmare Asylum
    Well, the Peter Pan riffs being all over the show as they are, "Neverland" does track. But "Prodigy" rolls off the tongue easier.

    I also like the way it's playing with the WY logo in the imagery but also... WY shouldn't exist at this point in the timeline!
  17. Immortan Jonesy
    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Jun 10, 2024, 08:49:47 PM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Jun 10, 2024, 08:37:28 PMWe've shared our intel on the title: https://www.avpgalaxy.net/2024/06/10/alien-fx-series-held-working-title-of-alien-prodigy-and-codename-of-mr-october/

    I can dig Alien: Prodigy.

    Yup, that one's better. Neverland sounds like Peter Pan related. I'm still cautiously optimistic for the show, so yeah, time will tell! ;D
  18. aliens13
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Jun 10, 2024, 12:37:47 PMIf that gets confirmation, I'm not a fan.
    I'm with you, I doesn't like that name. But, if the content it's good they can name it whatever they want it


    Quote from: Nightmare Asylum on Jun 10, 2024, 07:04:37 PMWe know Weta is doing the Aliens so I'd imagine it's skewed more towards digital than practical, but a mix of both to some degree is probably likely.
    It's possible that go full or more practical maybe it's to expensive for a TV show?
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