Is more chest-bursting action right around the bend?
The much-anticipated Alien FX series–based on the classic 1979 horror-s/f film–will finally start shooting later this year, according to a report on Deadline.
In discussing the series, FX head honcho John Landgraf said showrunner Noah Hawley “is currently in production on the fifth season of Fargo, but he’s in active pre-production on Alien. He’s written scripts.”
Landgraf added that Hawley is “meeting with his production designer in Austin this weekend, gearing up for production this year, after he completes the fifth season of Fargo.”
The show, Landgraf explained, will be “the first story that takes place in the Alien franchise on Earth. It takes place on our planet, right near the end of this century–about 70 years from now.”
Given that time frame, Sigourney Weaver’s fan-favorite Ellen Ripley character will not make an appearance in the series. This new show “takes place before Ripley,” Landgraf said. The character “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 film–will serve as producer of the TV series. He said plans call for between eight and 10 hour-long episodes.
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