Noah Hawley Spills The Beans

Fargo creator Noah Hawley has revealed some details of the now-shelved Alien TV show he was developing for FX.

Hawley had an idea of creating something set in the same universe as director Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, that was foremost a human drama, but one that still had Xenomorphs in it.

Hawley has recently been working the news circuit promoting the fourth season of Fargo. During an interview The Observer, Hawley responded positively to a question regarding the rumour that he had been developing an Alien TV series, and also revealed what the tentative plans were.

Here’s what he said –

“I thought it would be interesting if you could expand. If you’re going to make something for television, you’ve got 10 hours let’s say. Even if you have a lot of action, like two hours, then you’re still going to have eight hours left. So what is the show about? That’s what I tried to talk to them about. As I did with Legion, the exercise is: Let’s take the superhero stuff out of the show and see if it’s still a great show. What’s the show about? Let’s take the Alien out of the show. What’s the show about? What are the themes, who are the characters and what is the human drama? Then we drop the aliens back in and we go, ‘This is great. Not only is there great human drama, but there’s aliens!'”

Alien is on some level the complete opposite of Stark Trek. It’s sort of about humanity at its worst. There’s this moment in the second film when Sigourney says, ‘I don’t know which species is worse. At least they don’t screw each other over for a percentage.’ If you look at what Aliens tends to be, it’s usually a trapped story, trapped in a ship, trapped in a prison, etc. And because the Alien has this life cycle to it, where it goes from egg, to chestburster, to xenomorph, there becomes a certain routine to it.”

Despite Ridley Scott teasing earlier this month that a new Alien movie is currently in the works, no official word has been said about it at the studio level or in the news.