FX’s Alien show is both highly anticipated, and potentially dreaded. A much-loved franchise, which like many suffered from weaker later instalments, has the potential to be salvaged by the show. It could also be driven further downwards. Alien will be getting the TV treatment from Fargo creator Noah Hawley.
The Television Critics Association series of summer presentations is fully underway, and FX Network chief John Landgraf included an update in his presentation. It was reported on in Deadline. He says the plan is to keep it grounded and respect the source material:
“I think Noah’s very conscious of the fact that there’s a cinematic universe. [There’s] some inventiveness and originality that is uniquely Noah… [but] I think you’ll also see that the show will feel like a part of the cinematic universe you’re familiar with in terms of Alien.”
Landgraf adds that the series is:
“…a beast… a really big, world-building exercise…”
The current plan is for a 2023 release, but Landgraf also went on to say they are not rushing it. Quality is more important than speed and they want to make sure they get it right.
Produced and distributed by 20th Century Studios, the series began with Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, and was followed by three sequels: Aliens (1986), directed by James Cameron; Alien 3 (1992), directed by David Fincher, and Alien Resurrection (1997), directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Scott also directed a prequel series, composed of Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017), which follows the exploits of the android David and the creators of the eponymous xenomorph creatures referred to as the Engineers.
The series has led to numerous novels, comics, video games and television series. It has inspired a number of spin-offs – most notably the Alien vs. Predator franchise, which combines the continuities of the Alien franchise with the Predator franchise and consists of two films as well as various series of comics, books, and video games.