Scrapped Alien TV Show Plans Revealed by Fargo Creator Noah Hawley
We have heard rumors of an Alien TV series set in the same universe as director Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic. Now, we have confirmation from Noah Hawley himself, who has been working with FX to develop a miniseries in the franchise. The Fargo creator had the goal of creating something that was primarily a human drama, but one that still had Xenomorphs in it.
Noah Hawley has been making the rounds promoting Fargo season 4. It had previously been rumored that Hawley was developing an Alien TV series but never confirmed by him personally. In a recent interview, Hawley addressed the project and revealed what the tentative plans were. Here's what he had to say about it.
Unfortunately, Noah Hawley did not reveal specifically when the show would have taken place in the timeline. Nor did he reveal any specific plot details. Hawley, who also has a Star Trek movie that may or may not be getting made at Paramount, spoke a bit more about where he was coming from. To him, Alien is the opposite of Star Trek.
As for why the show didn't proceed, that most likely has to do with the Disney/Fox merger that went into effect last year. Fox controlled the Alien franchise so it ultimately wound up in Disney's hands. Many projects that were in development at Fox ended up being scrapped once the merger was finalized. It seems this was one of them.
Meanwhile, Ridley Scott is still planning to make a sequel to 2017's Alien: Covenant, possibly once he's done filming The Last Duel. Though the filmmaker recently made it seem like the new movie will distance itself from the previous two prequels. This news comes to us via Observer.