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Noah Hawley's Alien TV Show: New Details from FX boss John Landgraf

FX’s Alien TV series will follow the tone of the first two movies and will give us a break from Weyland-Yutani.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, FX chairman John Landgraf revealed a few details about the Alien TV show being developed by Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley. Firstly, we’re due a break the familiar presence of evil megacorp Weyland-Yutani:

“The Alien cinematic universe is that it’s a world where that’s sort of dominated by large corporate entities, and Weylan-Yutani has been an important component of the movies. There are references to that corporation in this show. But it actually takes place in the territory of a different corporation that Noah invented.”

John Landgraf

He also added that much as he did with Fargo, Hawley will be looking to what made the first movies, 1979’s Alien and 1986’s Aliens tick, and looking to replicate the spirit rather than the letter.

“I’m a big fan of Alien and Aliens, and I remember watching both of them in the theater and how shockingly original and surprising each of them was in its own way. And so, similar to his approach to Fargo, Noah decided not to take Ripley or any character from Alien — except perhaps the xenomorph itself — but go back and figure out what made the franchise so great and so durable in the first place and see if he could find an experience that felt like walking into a theater and seeing one of those first two movies, where you get caught off-guard. That’s all I can say at this point, though.”

John Landgraf
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