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Alien FX TV series will not be a Ripley story, starts filming Spring 2022!
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The upcoming Alien TV series being developed for FX on Hulu will not be another Ripley story, according to Showrunner Noah Hawley!

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Hawley explains that the new Alien TV series will explore a form of class warfare, saying "it’s about time for the facehuggers and xenomorphs to sink their claws into the white-collar executives who have been responsible for sending so many employees to their doom". Taking the Alien franchise in a new direction, Hawley elaborates on what we can expect from the FX series which begins filming next year! Read on for excerpts from the interview...

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.

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. Here you have human beings and they can’t go forward and they can’t go back. So I find that really interesting.

It sounds a lot like the Alien TV series will be incorporating elements of Ridley Scott's Alien prequels by Noah's reference of humanity's primordial, parasitic past and artificial intelligence future - two primary themes Scott himself leaned heavily on for his films Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Far more so than Cameron of Fincher did in their interpretations of the Starbeast. Noah was asked if the new series would involve or make reference to the iconic Ripley character from the original quadrilogy. Here's what he had to say:

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. It’s a story that’s set on Earth also. The alien stories are always trapped… Trapped in a prison, trapped in a space ship. I thought it would be interesting to open it up a little bit so that the stakes of “What happens if you can’t contain it?” are more immediate. 

Hawley also mentions that they're currently aiming to start filming next spring and insinuates that the series will involve some pretty robust visual effects, akin to Ridley Scott's visual masterpieces Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.

Beyond that, casting updates remains unknown and any further plot details remain shrouded in secrecy. However as we learn more, we'll be sure to keep you updated!

In short, the Alien TV series on FX for Hulu will be set in the distant future, on Earth, absent of any reference to Ellen Ripley and will involve Aliens somehow getting loose and wrecking havoc on whit collar executives (evil corporations).

How this will ultimately tie into the Alien series as a whole, without any prior reference to a Xenomorph outbreak on Earth having been mentioned (ignoring Alien vs. Predator films) will be one curious hurdle we hope Hawley has thoroughly considered.


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Written by ChrisPublished on 2021-07-01 20:03:50

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MemberDeaconJul-02-2021 5:32 AM

It will be Interesting to see what they Mean by our Parasitic Past the Prometheus Plot had (and what Spaights and Ridley Scott indicated) that the Horrors on LV-223 were Created as a Weapon to Deal with Mankind.

So it would be Interesting to see if THIS has been Changed.

There are some CLUES from the Earlier Information etc on this PROJECT we know that its SET ON EARTH.  We know it will Introduce us to Various Aspects of Humanity in Regards to Corporate Greed...  Before they will LIKELY make a Discovery of which would be OPENING UP PANDORA'S BOX.

We had Images of a Xenomorph Embyo, but it also seems that Mankind Discovers either a Engineer Ship or Complex that has Water Inside, and so to me i THINK that someone will COME ACROSS some Sunken Complex/Ship of the Engineers and this is WHERE the **** Hits the Fan.

I think maybe the PLOT could Work, but i am NOT sure its  WISE IDEA to have it SET on Earth and Canon, and Especially if the TIME-LINE is prior to ALIENS

The CONCERN that i have is that they said it would be SET in the NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE..... This Indicates to me that it will be SET before ALIEN and the Prequels.  It comes down to WHAT is the NOT too Distant?

The Year is 2222 some 100 Years after the Fateful Discovery of the Harbinger of Doom Ship, Mankind has Discovered the Pandoras Box Once again. Only this Discovery is more Closer to Home!

THIS ^^^^ i think we could Deal with!

We are nearly 100 Years Away from ALIEN and to me the Not Too Distant Future seems to indicate more likely 25-50 Years and so a TIME-LINE of 2147-2172 and Especially set on EARTH is a MISTAKE and will Conflict/Contradict the WHOLE FRANCHISE.


MemberNeomorphJul-02-2021 9:25 AM

Good, they should have ended the Ripley-story with Alien 3. Hopefully they will have some new things in it that ain't references to things that have been. New life-forms, and new cultures would be interesting to see. Maybe there will be monsters that are not tied to the Xenomorph at all? This is an opportunity to introduce something new. Please don't rehash things

About having it out in the open, they did that in AVPR but there could maybe be a way to make it work. I'm not sure how they can make it but maybe if they have some good writing then it's a possibility.

Visuals effects, alright but you got to have a story and characters otherwise we'll end up like with the prequels, good visual effects but characters that are disappointments and stories that don't hold up. Not to say that all characters and everything about the stories in the prequels were bad but they could have been so much better.

Hopefully they will have the Engineers involved in some way even though they might not play a huge part. They weren't in Alien Covenant a lot but heavily involved in Prometheus. Maybe they could be in it more than in Covenant but less than in Prometheus? Could the Engineers be involved behind the scenes so to speak? Hopefully this will be an improvement from what we have seen since AR.


MemberDeaconJul-03-2021 6:27 AM

"Hopefully they will have the Engineers involved in some way even though they might not play a huge part"

I think this is LIKELY to be Hinted at... well we will have a SHIP/COMPLEX that has the Engineer Aesthetic.

This appears to have Water inside....

so i am going to ASSUME that some kind of Underwater Discovery is made, maybe while looking for Resources, or in Search of a Wreckage (maybe Recent Earth one) they Discover something thats Buried under the Sea Floor.

And so it will LIKELY show that the Engineers (or Retconned Space Jockey) had actually SENT a Ship to Earth in the Ancient Past but this SHIP had ENDED up sunken in the Sea.

Maybe we could see the Revelation of a Sunken Atlantis that was either a Engineer City or other Humanoids that the Engineers had wanted to DESTROY so they can Populate the Earth with Humans?

The Writers must KNOW that the Xenomorph has been DONE TO DEATH and so Company Finds a Ship with Eggs and tries to Obtain the Xenomorph has been DONE to Death really... so they would maybe NEED to Expand and UPLIFT the Plot.

Humans are a Dangerous Species both from HOW we can Treat Each other, our Greed for Wealth and Resources without regards for others...  But A.I would also be a BIG threat.

Xenomorphs are Deadly... they are a Invasive Organism who Strive to Survive like a Ant Colony, but in Order to Survive well they NEED their Hosts.

So do they UPLIFT the Xenomorphs beyond Camerons Hive?

I suspect the TV Series is SET before Prometheus, and so it would go to Discredit the David as the Creator Plot, maybe even give us a REBOOTED History of Weyland Yutani and the Space Jockey/Engineers?

Maybe they will CHANGE the Role/Reasons for WHY the Space Jockey Race have the Eggs/Xenomorph?  I do think they MAY KEEP the Engineers/Creators Plot.

But give us some Dark and Sinister Reason for our Creation.


MemberXenomorphJul-03-2021 10:59 AM

Set on Earth? Uggh. 

So this is a reset / reboot?

If the xeno / Engineers are on Earth all this time! ..then I find it hard to believe Weyland corp didn't find out, or the military or a million other orgs.

This is sounding like a Predator series. Xenos in suburbia.


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