The upcoming series based on the Alien franchise on FX is set to make a return to the franchise’s roots, with CEO John Landgraf offering more information on what it will entail in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Helmed by Fargo creator Noah Hawley, the show takes place on Earth in the near future, which means there won’t be Ripley or any familiar characters other than the Xenomorph. It’ll instead feature an original twist to the familiar, well-loved tale, but that doesn’t mean the past is going to be entirely abandoned. As it stands, long-time fans can expect a similar tone to the first two films.
“I’m a big fan of Alien and Alies, and I remember watching both of them in the theater and how shockingly original and surprising each of them was in its own way,” Landgraf said of the upcoming series. The executive further added, “And so, similar to his approach to Fargo, Noah decided not to take Ripley or any character from Alien — except perhaps the xenomorph itself — but go back and figure out what made the franchise so great and so durable in the first place and see if he could find an experience that felt like walking into a theater and seeing one of those first two movies, where you get caught off-guard. That’s all I can say at this point, though.”
While specific plot details still remain under wraps, the promise of honouring tradition should be exciting nostalgia for long-time fans of the franchise. The first movie, directed by Ridley Scott, was released in 1979 and became an instant box office hit due to its unique alien design that heightened fear and suspense levels. In 1986, James Cameron took over the reins and rolled out the sequel, Aliens, which also received similar acclaim. An original Alien movie is currently in the works at 20th Century Studios, with Scott serving as producer, and Don’t Breathe director Fede Alverez taking the helm.
The Alien series will premiere on Hulu when it eventually releases on a hitherto unannounced date.