MOVIE NEWS – Writer-director Noah Hawley, the man behind the network’s spinoff series Fargo, is preparing the return of everyone’s favourite scary xenomorphs.
At a Television Critics Association press conference, FX President of Content and Productions John Landgraf spoke about the Alien series from writer/producer Noah Hawley (Fargo). The series was initially announced in December 2020.
“That’s [the Alien series] gearing up for production this year after [Hawley] completes production on the fifth season of Fargo,” Landgraf said.
At the 2021 TCA, Landgraf said the series would be “grounded” and “very conscious” of the existing cinematic universe. As he said, “while it has some flexibility, the aesthetic that was established by Ridley Scott and continued by James Cameron is a part of that universe.” By August last year, Hawley had delivered all the scripts for the limited series version of the sci-fi franchise. But other than the series being closer to the first original films, Landgraf had only this much to share.
Alien was initially scheduled to start filming in 2021. However, both Hawley and FX wanted to prioritise season 5 of the anthology series Fargo. Hawley’s shift to writing novels during the pandemic also contributed to the delay. Season 4 of Fargo was memorable for the dramatic performance of comedian Chris Rock. Season 5 is set in the upper Midwest and stars Jon Hamm, Juno Temple and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
In November 2022, Deadline reported that a seventh Alien film is in development, with Devs star Fede Alvarez likely to join the cast.
Alien: Covenant, the sixth instalment in the franchise, was released in 2017. Its poor reception led many to believe it was the end of the series.