The ugly Big Guy is getting ready for its small-screen closeup.
The Alien FX series–based on the 1979 horror-s/f masterwork–will start shooting next year, with an eye toward a possible 2023 debut, according to a report on Deadline.
This good news comes from FX head honcho John Landgraf, who this week said that showrunner Noah Hawley has delivered all the scripts for the series. However, production will have to wait until Hawley finishes shooting another FX entry–Fargo–which is slated to start filming this fall or winter.
The show will be “the first story that takes place in the Alien franchise on Earth,” Landgraf said. “It takes place on our planet, right near the end of this century–about 70 years from now.”
And, given that time frame, Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Ellen Ripley character will not appear in the TV show. “Alien takes place before Ripley,” Landgraf explained. Ripley “won’t be a part of it–nor any of the other characters in Alien–other than the alien itself.”
Ridley Scott–the filmmaker behind the original Alien movie–will serve as producer of the TV series. He said plans call for between eight and 10 hour-long episodes.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on the Alien series on FX.