FX is not rushing into its small-screen version of the 1979 horror/sf classic Alien. But, if you listen carefully to recent reports, that may be a good thing.
John Landgraf, president of FX Network, said during an interview that the series is being developed at this time and will probably premiere sometime in 2023, “but we want to get it right, and we’re going to take whatever time it takes to do that,” according to Deadline. Sounds like they’re taking this important project very seriously.
The series–under the guidance of showrunner and writer Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo) and producer Ridley Scott (who helmed the original Alien)–will be the first Alien story set on Earth. But there will be ties to the iconic storyline–as well as some differences.
Landgraf said Hawley’s approach to the series is “very grounded” in the legacy left behind by the storied film franchise. “I think it was very conscious to the fact that there’s a cinematic universe,” Landgraf said, “and that while it has some flexibility, the aesthetic that was established by Ridley Scott and James Cameron is a part of that universe.”
Landgraf added that fans will see “some inventiveness and some originality (in the series) that is uniquely Noah.” He called the project a “really big world-building exercise. You’re talking about designing and building sets that are huge, but we’re well into it. We’re moving apace. I have optimism that that this show may well roll out in 2023.”
As to the differences, as reported here last month in Horror News Network, the intrepid character of Ripley (famously played by Sigourney Weaver) will not be a part of this FX show. The series “is not a Ripley story,” Hawley stressed. “She’s one of the great characters of all time, but I think her story has been told pretty perfectly, and I don’t want to mess with it.”
As all horror fans know, the original Alien–from director Scott and screenwriter Dan O’Bannon–follows the crew of the space tug Nostromo, who have a memorable encounter with the ugliest, meanest alien that ever got screen time. The film kicked off a media franchise that includes movies, novels, comic books, video games and a flood of collectibles. Alien also took a healthy bite out of the box office, earning $106.3 million on an $11-million budget.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on the Alien series on FX.