Alien TV Series: Noah Hawley Shares His Approach to “Human Drama” In His Developing Horror Reboot

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Fargo show creator Noah Hawley recently made a statement regarding his involvement with a TV show based on the Alien film franchise. 

Before the Disney buyout of 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), Noah Hawley had pitched an Alien miniseries at FX, but it wasn’t picked up. We haven’t had much of an update, until now.

In a recent interview with Deadline, Noah Hawley shared his thoughts on the show:

“I have conversations from time to time but I’m not committed,” Noah Hawley told Deadline. When asked if the series had a hard conceit, Hawley said that “nothing is at that stage.”  “I know that there’s an effort to reshuffle a lot of things post-Disney takeover and it was a conversation that I had a couple years back,” he continued. “And I have not in the last few weeks been having those conversations about it. But I know that like any studio that there’s a great desire to make the most of one’s library so I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like that.”

Fans of the Alien franchise need not fret, as a new film in Ridley Scott’s divisive Prometheus prequel trilogy is still planned as of this writing.

Noah Hawley On Adapting An Alien TV Series

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Noah Hawley shared more of his plans on the Alien series to The Observer:

Alien is… 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 Alien 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. 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.”

Noah Hawley continues:

“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!”


The Alien franchise began in 1979 and continued via a prequel series headed by Prometheus in 2012. The various entries have been helmed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant), James Cameron (Aliens), David Fincher (Alien 3), and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Alien: Resurrection). Two crossovers with the Predator franchise (Alien Vs. Predator and Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem) were produced, and various video games based on the Alien franchise have been released.

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What are your thoughts on Noah Hawley’s Alien news? Where and what time period would you like to see explored in the upcoming series? Do you think Noah Hawley should include cameos from characters from previous Alien installments? What was your favorite Alien movie and why do you think that it would make a solid new television series? Let us know in the comment section below or on our Twitter.


Source: Deadline


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