There Alien TV series that FX is developing with Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion), as expected, will not have a storyline focused on Ellen Ripley. Hawley seems to be interested instead in telling a story of war between social classes, in which the xenomorphs manage this time to reach the wealthy elite and the business leaders who usually send members of the working class (engineers, settlers, soldiers and women, prisoners , etc.) meeting their, often lethal, fate.
We know this thanks to the words released by Noah Hawley at Vanity Fair, regarding his approach to the TV series of Alien and its premise of the story.
“It’s not a Ripley story. She is one of the greatest characters of all time, and I think the story was perfectly told and I don’t want to joke about it. It is a story that is also set on Earth “, Hawley explained.
The plot told in the Alien TV series
Alien films have almost always been limited to containing outbreaks of xenomorphs in remote locations. In a post-pandemic world, however, Hawley is more interested in exploring what happens in cases of an uncontrolled epidemic.
“Alien stories are always trapped … Trapped in a prison, trapped in a spaceship”, explained the director. “I thought it would be interesting to get out of it a bit, so that the stakes of ‘What if you can’t contain it?’ be more immediate “.
Of course, most of Hawley’s television work has dealt with the subject of the oppressed rising up against the oppressor of the moment and, often, in a violent way. His TV series Alien seems to be no different.
“In a way it is also a story about inequality. You know, one of the things I love about the first movie is how it’s a 1970s movie, and how it’s actually a world of space truckers ”.
The director then explained that in the series we will see “also the people who are hiring them.”
“You will see what happens when the inequality we are struggling with now is not resolved. If we as a society cannot understand how to support each other and spread the wealth, then what will happen to us? ” Hawley continued. “There is that great phrase Sigourney Weaver says to Paul Reiser: I just don’t know which species is worse. You don’t see them fooling each other for a dirty percentage! ‘”