After several months of radio silence, FX Network Chief John Landgraf provides an exciting update on Noah Hawley’s highly anticipated Alien TV show.
The upcoming Alien TV show gets an exciting update from FX Networks Chief John Landgraf. Beginning back in 1979 with the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien, the franchise now consists of a handful of films and a plethora of video games, books, and other media. The most recent entry in the franchise, the 2017 movie Alien: Covenant, saw Scott once more in the director’s chair after his return to the franchise with 2012’s Prometheus.
Although the future of Alien on the big screen remains somewhat up in the air, it was announced in late 2020 that a TV show set in the world of the films was in the works. The upcoming show features Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley as showrunner, with Scott serving as an executive producer. Details about the highly anticipated FX series remain hard to come by, but it has been confirmed that, in a departure from most other mainline Alien films, Hawley’s show will take place on Earth. Specific plot details remain unknown, but it’s also been confirmed that Alien star Sigourney Weaver will not be returning, and that the show is expected to start filming next year.
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Now, after several months with no updates, Landgraf shares some exciting news regarding the progress behind made on the Alien show behind the scenes, per a new report from TheWrap. According to the FX Network Chief, Hawley has now “delivered all the scripts for the first season of his drama series based on Alien.” Landgraf, unfortunately, doesn’t elaborate on any story details regarding the show or provide a concrete filming start date, but his comment affirms that development on the show is definitely ongoing.
Fargo remains one of FX’s most critically acclaimed shows, with Hawley’s unique writing style the subject of much praise. Legion, similarly, was beloved by fans, meaning expectations are high for Hawley’s take on the Alien universe. Although the scripts for the series are now done and filming will commence next year, it’s still unknown how many episodes season 1 will consist of. Fargo season 1 ran for ten episodes, while Legion only featured eight, making the Alien show’s episode count anyone’s guess.
While both Alien and its sequel, Aliens, remain important cultural touchstones four decades after they were released, the subsequent entries in the franchise have divided fans. Both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant were divisive upon their release and have since been reappraised somewhat, but the fact remains that many see the Alien franchise as a xenomorphic shell of its former self. With his impressive resume, Hawley might be the perfect creative voice to rejuvenate the franchise, and with scripts now done, fans are one step closer to see his vision for Alien come to life.
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