The Alien franchise is gearing up for a powerful comeback, set to reignite its captivating storylines on both big and small screens. The extensive horror/sci-fi saga of Alien has predominantly thrived on the silver screen, boasting eight motion picture appearances by the infamous Xenomorphs.
Here's an exclusive look at what's known about this exciting new chapter in the Alien universe, destined for FX on Hulu.
Currently named "Alien," this series stands as a prequel, exploring uncharted territory before any previous franchise installment. Set in 2089, four years before Prometheus and decades ahead of Ridley Scott’s iconic work, this story unfolds not in space but on Earth itself.
At its heart, the narrative dives into the origins of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, often dubbed "the company" in the films. It’s an era where cutting-edge android intelligence, akin to Ash and Bishop from prior films, takes center stage. Showrunner Noah Hawley sheds light on the series' core focus: the intense corporate race to create new android life.
Despite its title "Alien," sparking expectations of the menacing xenomorphs, their appearance on Earth prior to Ripley's encounters poses a significant narrative challenge. Yet, Hawley’s creative prowess hints at a compelling resolution, preserving the essence of the franchise.
Supporting this ambitious endeavor are industry stalwarts. Noah Hawley, renowned for visionary storytelling in Fargo and Legion, not only conceptualizes but also directs select episodes. Original Alien director Ridley Scott joins as an executive producer, infusing the series with his expertise.
The ensemble cast includes Sydney Chandler, Alex Lawther, Samuel Blenkin, Essie Davis, Adarsh Gourav, Kit Young, Timothy Olyphant, David Rysdahl, and more, each adding depth to the character tapestry.
However, due to the series' timeline, it’s unlikely that original film cast members, notably Sigourney Weaver, will reprise their roles.
Filming is expected to continue until mid-2024, with the Alien series slated for an early 2025 release on FX, promising an immersive exploration of Earth, androids, and the enigmatic xenomorphs.
As anticipation grows and production advances, fans eagerly anticipate the unveiling of this enthralling saga, set to expand and redefine the complex Alien universe.
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