Hawley was asked how the world-building was going:
NH: "It's going great. It's going slowly, unfortunately, given the scale of it."
Translation: I've hardly done much at all, I was too busy writing my novel.
NH: "Alien is a fascinating story because it's not just a monster movie; it’s about how we're trapped between the primordial past and the artificial intelligence of our future, where both trying to kill us."
Translation: I've spent so little time on it I'll just repeat that cute little epithet I came up with months ago in that other interview. It's kind of snappy, don't you think?
Actually, in his defense, he was asked about the world-building and that's probably all he feels comfortable talking about, secrecy 'n all that. I expect he'd get a severe wrist slapping if he started talking about plot and characters.