The enormity of the Alien universe is coming to the small screen. But slowly.
At least that’s the latest word from Noah Hawley, creator and showrunner of the Alien TV series headed for FX on Hulu–sometime next year. At the earliest.
The iconic horror/sf classic will be adapted for television and set on a future Earth–and will blend “both the timeless horror of the first Alien film with the non-stop action of the second,” according to the official description. “It’s going to be a scary thrill ride that will blow people back in their seats.”
And, according to an interview Hawley recently conducted with Esquire, the series “is going to be great. It’s going slowly, unfortunately, given the scale of it.”
Hawley said Alien is “a fascinating story because it’s not just a monster movie. It’s about how we’re trapped between the primordial past and the artificial intelligence of our future–with both trying to kill us.”
Hawley also teased a battle between rival mega-companies competing in this future Earth. “In the movies,” he said, “we have the Weyland-Yutani Corporation developing artificial intelligence. But what if there are other companies trying to look at immortality in a different way–with cyborg enhancements or trans-human downloads?
“Which of those technologies is going to win? It’s ultimately a classic science-fiction question: Does humanity deserve to survive? It’s humbling to get to play with the iconography of this world,” Hawley said.
Ridley Scott–the filmmaker behind the original 1979 Alien–will act as producer of the TV series, and said plans call for between eight to 10 hour-long episodes.
One big reveal, as reported here in Horror News Network, is that Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley character will not appear in the series. The TV show, Hawley said, “is not a Ripley story. 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.”
The original Alien–from director Scott and screenwriter Dan O’Bannon–follows the crew of the space tug Nostromo, who encounter the meanest damn alien in the galaxy. The film–which earned more than $106 million on a budget of $11 million–spawned a media franchise that includes movies, novels, comic books, video games and collectibles galore.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the Alien TV series.