New Alien Series Breaks From Prometheus Story

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The next Alien successor is coming, and its director has been dishing details on the plot.

Noah Hawley, who’s developing the Alien prequel series for FX, tells The Hollywood Reporter it’ll be set on Earth roughly 70 years into the future, which predates the films by several decades.

“Ridley and I have talked about this,” says Hawley. “For me, and for a lot of people, this ‘perfect life form’ — as it was described in the first film — is the product of millions of years of evolution that created this creature that may have existed for a million years out there in space. The idea that, on some level, it was a bioweapon created half an hour ago, that’s just inherently less useful to me.”

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Hawley is referencing the controversial plot of Scott’s latter Alien films, 2012’s Prometheus and 2017’s Alien: Covenant. Here, it’s established the aliens were manufactured by mysterious race The Engineers as a bioweapon.

“In the prequels,” continues Hawley, “Ridley made the technology thousands of years more advanced than the technology of Alien, which is supposed to take place in those movies’ future. There’s something about that that doesn’t really compute for me. I prefer the retro-futurism of the first two films. And so that’s the choice I’ve made — there’s no holograms. The convenience of that beautiful Apple store technology is not available to me.”

Hawley’s Alien series, which stars Timothy Olyphant, is due resume filming soon after the Hollywood strikes shut down production in August.

He sounds calmer than Alien director Ridley Scott, who was pissed about Aliens.