FX’s upcoming TV collection primarily based on the Alien movies can be set on Earth “70-odd years from now” which is earlier than Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley character within the franchise’s timeline, FX chairman John Landgraf tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The present is being headed up by Noah Hawley, who beforehand gained popularity of his Fargo TV collection impressed by the Coen brothers film of the identical title. Filming for the Alien TV present is because of happen after season 5 of Fargo, which can be filmed “this winter.”
Landgraf beforehand confirmed that the Alien TV present could be set on Earth when the venture was introduced in late 2020. However realizing the present’s time interval means we will have some enjoyable speculating about the way it would possibly tie into the remainder of the franchise.
Being set within the 2090s means the that present may overlap with the occasions of 2012’s Prometheus, which served as a prequel to the unique Alien. The occasions of Prometheus kick off in 2089 when protagonists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway uncover a star map in Scotland from an historical civilization. The remainder of the movie then takes place on a distant moon in 2093, as humanity makes an attempt to make contact with its forerunners.
However Landgraf additionally says the Alien TV present gained’t characteristic any returning characters from the prevailing movies. “Ripley gained’t be part of it, and neither will another characters — aside from the alien itself,” Landgraf says. So Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley gained’t make an look (Xenopedia informs me the character was born in 2092) however does this additionally rule out a return from Michael Fassbender, who’s already appeared within the Alien prequels as two completely different android characters? Who’s to say.
Hawley additionally teased extra particulars for the collection in a current interview with Esquire. “Within the [Alien] motion pictures, we’ve this Weyland-Yutani Company, which is clearly additionally creating synthetic intelligence — however what if there are different corporations making an attempt to take a look at immortality differently, with cyborg enhancements or transhuman downloads? Which of these applied sciences goes to win?” he says. “I describe that as Edison versus Westinghouse versus Tesla. Somebody’s going to monopolize electrical energy. We simply don’t know which one it’s.”
All of it sounds very promising, and I’m letting myself get cautiously optimistic given Hawley’s work on Fargo, and the great job FX has finished with its What we do within the Shadow TV adaptation. The Alien TV collection at present doesn’t have an official air date.