FX’s New “Alien” Series Serves As An Origin Story Of Sorts

January 14, 2022

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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We’ve been reporting about the upcoming “Alien” spin-off series for a while now. Today we have new details.


Noah Hawley who is helming the series revealed to Esquire that the FX series will be set on Earth, a first for the franchise. The series’ first season will explore advancements in artificial intelligence and the development of cyborgs. It is an origin story of sorts.


“It’s set on Earth of the future. At this moment, I describe that as Edison versus Westinghouse versus Tesla. Someone’s going to monopolize electricity. We just don’t know which one it is … In the movies, we have this Weyland-Yutani Corporation, which is clearly also developing artificial intelligence-but what if there are other companies trying to look at immortality in a different way, with cyborg enhancements or transhuman downloads? Which of those technologies is going to win?”


When it comes to the series lack of iconic xenomorphs, Hawley had this to say:


Alien is a fascinating story because it’s not just a monster movie; it’s about how we’re trapped between the primordial past and the artificial intelligence of our future, where both trying to kill us. As Sigourney Weaver said in that second movie, ‘I don’t know which species is worse. At least they don’t [frick] each other over for a percentage.’ Even if the show was 60% of the best horror-action on the planet, there’s still 40% where we have to ask, ‘What are we talking about it, beneath it all?’ Thematically, it has to be interesting. It’s humbling to get to play with the iconography of this world.”


It sounds like Hawley has thought long and hard about bringing the franchise to the small screen and delving into the less explored angles. But the big question is, what will fans of the franchise think?

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