In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Hawley explains that the new Alien TV series will explore a form of class warfare.
“it’s about time for the facehuggers and xenomorphs to sink their claws into the white-collar executives who have been responsible for sending so many employees to their doom”
Hawley elaborates on what we can expect from the series which begins filming next year:
“What’s next for me, it looks like, is [an] Alien series for FX, taking on that franchise and those amazing films by Ridley Scott and James Cameron and David Fincher. Those are great monster movies, but they’re not just monster movies.”
“They’re about humanity trapped between our primordial, parasitic past and our artificial intelligence future—and they’re both trying to kill us. Here you have human beings and they can’t go forward and they can’t go back. So I find that really interesting.”
Hawley also explained that by setting the TV series on Earth, the typical confines of the movies become a frightful non-issue.
“The Alien stories are always trapped… Trapped in a prison, trapped in a spaceship,” he said. “I thought it would be interesting to open it up a little bit so that the stakes of ‘What happens if you can’t contain it?’ are more immediate.”
Hawley shed a bit more light about involving any iteration of Sigourney Weaver’s seminal sci-fi heroine. Hawley makes it clear:
“It’s not a Ripley story”
“She’s one of the great characters of all time, and I think the story has been told pretty perfectly, and I don’t want to mess with it.”
Beyond that, casting updates for the new Alien series remain unknown and any further plot details remain shrouded in secrecy. However, as we learn more, we’ll keep you updated.