Alien TV Series and New Comic in Development

by Peter Davis

The Alien franchise isn’t going anywhere. After the seminal first movie was released in 1979 there have been 3 sequels and 2 prequels (4 prequels if you count the Alien vs Predator movies), as well as countless books and video games. Now with a new Marvel comic and possibly a new film in development, the news has just broken that there is also a TV series in the works.

It was revealed yesterday at the Disney Investor Day presentation that the Disney owned FX Channel is currently working on a TV show set in the Alien world. According to FX head John Landgraf, “FX is moving quickly to bring audiences the first television series based on one of the greatest science- fiction horror classics ever made – Alien.” He went on to say that the show “will be helmed by Fargo and Legion‘s Noah Hawley stepping into the creator/executive producer chair, and FX is in advanced negotiations with Academy Award winner Sir Ridley Scott – director of the first Alien film and the sequel Alien: Covenant to join the project as an Executive Producer. Set not too far into our future, it’s the first Alien story set on Earth—and by blending both the timeless horror of the first Alien film with the non-stop action of the second, it’s going to be a scary thrill ride that will blow people back in their seats.”

So saying it will be the first story set on Earth I guess they aren’t counting the AvP movies (probably for the best). But that description sounds good to me, and I for one am very much looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to the new comic. As a big fan of the Dark Horse Aliens comics that started in the late 80s, I was very excited to hear that Marvel are working on a new comic, simply titled Alien. Last week the cover of Alien #1 was revealed. According to Marvel, “The new story will feature a Weyland-Yutani mercenary named Gabriel Cruz as he battles a deadly new breed of xenomorph with the survival of his child hanging in the balance. Featuring both new and classic characters from Earth and beyond, this bold take on the Alien mythology will entertain both longtime fans and newcomers to the legendary horror/science-fiction saga.”

As for a new movie, in September of this year Ridley Scott said that they are working on it, but has not said yet whether it will be a continuation of the story set out in Prometheus and Alien: Covenant.

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