Noah Hawley Alien Series Confirmed To Be A Prequel
Since the first Alien film came out in 1979, it’s been a huge franchise. The original film spawned three sequel movies of varying quality and two prequel movies. Additionally, there’s the Alien vs. Predator duology, along with various Alien comic books and video games. However, one area the franchise hasn’t explored is a TV series, although the studio made several past attempts that never came to fruition – until now. The Noah Hawley alien series is confirmed as a prequel to the original movie. But what could that involve? And who might appear? Keep reading to find out!
For the Noah Hawley alien series, we’ll travel to Earth for the first time in the franchise. Of course, we briefly saw the planet at the end of Alien: Resurrection, but this series will be our first extended look at life on Earth. Currently, we know the show will occur towards the end of the 21st century, approximately the same time as the prequel film Prometheus. Unfortunately, we know very little about the actors or characters appearing in the show. It’s unclear if any of the cast or crew from the movies will return. However, one thing’s certain: the series will have a Xenomorph – or two!
At the moment, the studio FX is focusing on writing it, and we can expect them to start production during the summer. According to Jon Landgraf, one of the FX bosses, the series is “the first story that takes place in the Alien franchise on Earth.” Of course, it’s unclear how this will tie into the wider canon, as, on the whole, humanity is unaware of xenomorphs by the time of the original film.
When is the Noah Hawley Alien Series Set?
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Of course, as we mentioned, we did get a brief glimpse of Earth during Alien: Resurrection’s closing moments. Additionally, during the Alien vs. Predator duology, we saw Xenomorphs and Predators fighting it out on Earth. In fact, in the first Alien vs. Predator film, it appeared that the two species had been fighting each other on Earth for a long time. Even so, it’s likely that the Noah Hawley alien series will ignore these events, mostly because they’re not canon to the wider Alien franchise.
Additionally, it’s good to know that the series is in great hands. Previously, Noah Hawley confessed his love for the franchise and has shown his skills through his brilliant track record. He worked on the Fargo series, which won 51 awards. He’s also worked on Legion, a superhero series set in the X-men world. He knows his stuff!
However, this won’t be the first time executives have explored the idea of an Alien TV series. When 20th Century Fox released the original movie, they considered creating a TV series, which they later canceled after creating the sequel, Aliens. In 1992, they also considered an animated series called Operation: Aliens, which the sequel film inspired. The studio canceled this too. The most recent effort was in 2007 for yet another animated series called Aliens: Wa Games, but they also shelved this. Let’s hope the Noah Hawley alien series fares better than these attempts!
Alien TV Series Prequels
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Also, this isn’t the first time we’ve explored a prequel series set in the Alien world. In 2012, the studio released Prometheus, which saw the birth of an early Xenomorph species. Later, they followed this up with Alien: Covenant, which had stronger ties to the source material. However, the film wasn’t the success that Fox hoped for, calling another prequel film into question.
Despite this, the Noah Hawley alien series isn’t our only new look into the franchise. Currently, we know that Fede Álvarez and Ridley Scott are working on another movie. Apparently, the film’s called Alien: Romulus. Additionally, a new video game titled Aliens: Dark Descent is coming later this year. Clearly, the franchise has a big future ahead!
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