Ridley Scott: TV Script For ‘Alien’ Series Being Written

The Alien TV series is gestating…and growing…

Ridley Scott–the filmmaker behind the 1979 horror-s/f classic Alien–had some good news for fans this week regarding the planned FX adaptation of the iconic film, according to a report on Variety.

The pilot is now being written, Scott said, and plans call for the series to run from eight to 10 hours. That likely means from eight to 10 hour-long episodes, but that still remains to be confirmed.

The Alien series on FX–announced here in Horror News Network about a year ago–has Noah Hawley (LegionFargo) on board as writer and showrunner, with Scott acting as producer.

John Landgraf, president of FX Network, said the series will probably debut sometime in 2023, allowing the creative team to “take whatever time it takes” to get it right. Landgraf added that Hawley is “very grounded” in the Alien legacy, but fans will see “some inventiveness and originality that is uniquely Noah.”

One of the primary differences in the TV series, Hawley stressed, is that Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley character will not appear. The series, he 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 have a violent encounter with the galaxy’s meanest alien. Alien–which gave birth to a media franchise that includes movies, novels, comic books, video games and countless collectibles–grossed more than $106 million on an $11-million budget.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest 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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