New ALIEN Series for FX Will Take Place on Earth and Won’t Include Ripley
There’s an Alien TV series in the works (for real this time) at FX with Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley at the helm.
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In an extensive interview with Vanity Fair, Hawley tells Alien fans what they can expect from his upcoming adaptation. Broad strokes: It won’t include Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver in the franchise’s first four films) and it will take place on earth–where the terror can’t be contained! Read more highlights below.
“What’s next for me, it looks like, is [an] Alien series for FX, taking on that franchise and those amazing films by Ridley Scott and James Cameron and David Fincher,” Hawley tells VF. “Those are great monster movies, but they’re not just monster movies. They’re about humanity trapped between our primordial, parasitic past and our artificial intelligence future—and they’re both trying to kill us.”
About the series moving away from Ripley’s story:
“It’s not a Ripley story. She’s one of the great characters of all time, and I think the story has been told pretty perfectly, and I don’t want to mess with it.”
About the thematic elements the series will explore:
“On some level, it’s also a story about inequality. You know, one of the things that I love about the first movie is how ’70s a movie it is, and how it’s really this blue-collar space-trucker world in which Yaphet Kotto and Harry Dean Stanton are basically Waiting for Godot. They’re like Samuel Beckett characters, ordered to go to a place by a faceless nameless corporation. The second movie is such an ’80s movie, but it’s still about grunts. Paul Reiser is middle management at best. So, it is the story of the people you send to do the dirty work.”
You can read the entire interview, HERE.
Ridley Scott directed the first Alien movie, released in 1979. James Cameron helmed the sequel, 1986’s Aliens, which was followed by Alien 3, directed by David Fincher, in 1992. Alien: Resurrection was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and came out in 1997. There have also been two Alien/Predator crossover films and two prequels, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott and released in 2012 and 2017 respectively.
The Alien franchise also has an extended life in the world of comics and video games.
We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more news about Hawley’s upcoming Alien TV series for FX, so stay tuned and check back often!
For a deeper dive into today’s Alien TV series news, check out the video below from Mr. H!
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