Noah Hawley: My FX ‘Alien’ Series Won’t Be About Ripley

The man behind such hit TV series as Legion and Fargo is now tackling a small-screen adaptation of the classic Alien franchise–but don’t expect Sigourney Weaver to pop up.

Noah Hawley in a recent interview with Vanity Fair dropped a few hints about the upcoming FX series, but stopped short of revealing too much of his plans. Perhaps because the hard work has just begun. “I’ve written the first two scripts,” Hawley said, “and we’re looking to make them next spring.”

The writer/producer/filmmaker did, though, confirm what FX had hinted at late last year. The series will be set in the future here on Earth–the first time the Alien universe has come to our planet.

“What’s next for me,” he said during the interview, “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 monsters movies, but they’re not just monster movies.”

The films, he added, are “about humanity trapped between our primordial, parasitic past and our artificial intelligence future. And they’re both trying to kill us. You have human beings who can’t go forward and can’t go back. I find that very interesting.”

But, he stressed, his series is “not a Ripley story. “She’s one of the great characters of all time–I think the story has been told pretty perfectly–and I don’t want to mess with it.”

This new series, Hawley explained, is on Earth as opposed to the films where the characters are “always trapped…trapped in a prison, trapped on 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.”

The original 1979 Alien–directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon–follows the crew of the space tug Nostromo, who run into the biggest, meanest alien you can imagine. The first in a media franchise that includes movies, novels, comic books, video games and toys galore, Alien earned $106.3 million at the box office on an $11-million budget.

Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the Alien series on FX.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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