For people that spent their fourth of July weekend beginning at a whirling vortex of fire in the sea, Noah Hawley’s Alien TV show is for you. Hawley introduced an idea of his show to Vanity Fair, in which the working individuals of Earth are caught with xenomorphs and the greatest bads in the Alien series: Weyland-Yutani.
“You will see what happens when the inequality we’re struggling with now isn’t resolved. If we as a society can’t figure out how to prop each other up and spread the wealth, then what’s going to happen to us?” he said. “There’s that great Sigourney Weaver line to Paul Reiser [in Aliens] where she says, “I don’t know which species is worse. At least they don’t fuck each other over for a percentage.”
The series will be centered around Earth and not include Ellen Ripley. “The alien stories are always trapped,” Hawley said. “Trapped in a prison, trapped in a space ship.” The heroes of this show, like everyone but Jeff Bezos, will be trapped on planet Earth.
Hawley hopes to star shooting in spring 2022. This is the third huge science fiction franchise to which the Fargo maker has been connected. In 2017, Hawley was scheduled to make a Doctor Doom film, which appears to have been scuppered by the Disney acquisition. Hawley is likewise the latest writer-director joined to the long-gestating Star Trek 4.