ALIEN: Rumored Title And New Details On Noah Hawley's FX Series Revealed

ALIEN: Rumored Title And New Details On Noah Hawley's FX Series Revealed

We still know very little about Noah Hawley's upcoming FX Alien series, but thanks to a new rumor doing the rounds online, we may have a title...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 10, 2024 08:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Alien
Source: Via SFF Gazette

The Alien franchise makes its long-awaited return to theaters this August with Fede Alvarez's Alien: Romulus, but we will soon get to see the Xenomorph (Xenomorphs?) terrorize the small screen for the very first time in Noah Hawley's FX series.

Updates on the project have been few and far between since the main cast was announced last year, but thanks to a new rumor doing the rounds online, we may have a little more to go on.

Though he stresses that this may not be the final title, insider Daniel Richtman has heard that the show is currently being referred to as "Alien: Neverland."

The series is believed to be set three decades before the events of Ridley Scott's 1979 classic and a few years before Prometheus, and will find the characters "caught in a conflict with the beginning of artificial intelligence and the competition among developers and users."

Not a lot to go on, but this does gel with details Hawley shared in a 2022 interview.

"It's set on Earth of the future. At this moment, I describe that as Edison versus Westinghouse versus Tesla," Hawley tells Esquire. "Someone's going to monopolize electricity. We just don't know which one it is ... In the movies, we have this Weyland-Yutani Corporation, which is clearly also developing artificial intelligence-but what if there are other companies trying to look at immortality in a different way, with cyborg enhancements or transhuman downloads? Which of those technologies is going to win?"

"Alien is a fascinating story because it's not just a monster movie; it's about how we're trapped between the primordial past and the artificial intelligence of our future, where both trying to kill us," he continued. "As Sigourney Weaver said in that second movie, 'I don't know which species is worse. At least they don't [frick] each other over for a percentage.' Even if the show was 60% of the best horror-action on the planet, there's still 40% where we have to ask, 'What are we talking about it, beneath it all?' Thematically, it has to be interesting. It's humbling to get to play with the iconography of this world."

Though the premise certainly sounds interesting, fans who prefer the more claustrophobic chills of the original films might be disappointed to hear that the show will focus more on the advancements in AI and a race to create cutting edge androids (sorry, Bishop... artificial persons) than acid-secreting creatures chasing crew members through dimly-lit corridors.

The Xenomorph are expected to feature in some capacity, of course, but it doesn't sound like they're going to be the main focus.

Alien: Neverland(?) stars Sydney Chandler, Timothy Olyphant, Alex Lawther, Essie Davis, David Rysdahl, Samuel Blenkin, Adarsh Gourav, Babou Ceesay, Jonathan Ajayi, Erana James, Lily Newmark, Diêm Camille and Adrian Edmondson.

A premiere date has yet to be announced.

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Nolanite
Nolanite - 6/10/2024, 8:38 AM
Then take the word "Alien" out of the title.
MarvelZombie616
MarvelZombie616 - 6/10/2024, 12:23 PM
@Nolanite - The androids were always a big part of the movies.
Nolanite: out!
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 6/10/2024, 8:38 AM
Interested in the film, do't give a shit about this Alien (in name only) show
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 6/10/2024, 8:42 AM
"Fans who prefer the more claustrophobic chills of the original films might be disappointed to hear that the show will focus more on the advancements in AI and a race to create cutting edge androids (sorry, Bishop... artificial persons) than acid-secreting creatures chasing crew members through dimly-lit corridors."

Yet another case of Hollywood not giving people what they want.
They slap the Alien label on it, but it's not really about Aliens or anything that appealed to fans of the original movies.
Classic bait and switch.

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Slotherin
Slotherin - 6/10/2024, 9:08 AM
@Feralwookiee - sounds like it's still set same universe and is more about fleshing out the human side.
I don't mind the concept but I agree it should get a title that better reflects that.
Neo3
Neo3 - 6/10/2024, 9:53 AM
@Feralwookiee - when it said immortality it lost me. The originals didn’t go into that until prometheus and you know that turned out. Wanted some sci-fi action/ horror now going to get some philosophical bs.
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 6/10/2024, 10:28 AM
@Neo3 - Yeah. I feel the same here, although I'd add it's very likely PSEUDO philosophical bullshit, like in Prometheus, which is one of the DUMBEST movies I've ever seen.
All the "deep" questions it purports to raise are shallow high school freshman philosophy level shit and are all essentially dead ends by the end of the movie.

Why they keep going down this route with a franchise that was basically Ten Little Indians in space is baffling to me.

The characters of the first to Alien movies are pretty much "everymen", but they're relatively smart, make logical decisions, and capable. Despite all this, they are picked off one by one by a beast that we slowly find out is more intelligent than originally thought. Same goes for AlienS, more or less.

The characters of Prometheus are SUPPOSEDLY "scientists", yet seem utterly incompetent, make the most irrational decisions, and are seemingly idiots.
As a result, there is no suspense or surprise as they're picked off and the film only operates on the moron movie level where the plot only happens because everyone is so incredibly stupid.

I see this series likely following the same path of Prometheus, focusing on the androids and a.i. and the pseudo philosophical horseshit, rather than the story of survival against an unrelenting species.
The1st
The1st - 6/10/2024, 10:42 AM
@Slotherin - It sounds like they're trying to do Alien: Andor, but I'll reserve judgement til I see it.
Slotherin
Slotherin - 6/11/2024, 5:17 PM
@The1st - I can see that.
IAmAHoot
IAmAHoot - 6/10/2024, 8:53 AM
Alien: Rumored Title had me curious.
WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/10/2024, 8:59 AM
"The story follows the The left and their mission to force the government to allow the Alien and its children to settle here" "It will follow the Aliens Journey trying to navigate his new home and the obstacles that come its way"
dagenspear
dagenspear - 6/10/2024, 3:31 PM
@WhateverItTakes - That's not in this article.
Slotherin
Slotherin - 6/10/2024, 9:06 AM
I'm okay with setting something same universe and taking a different focus with it, but call it something that distinguishes that so you don't mislead fan expectations.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/10/2024, 9:11 AM
@Slotherin - Wouldn't help it. Everyone bitched and moaned about Prometheus even though it didn't have Alien in the title.
Slotherin
Slotherin - 6/10/2024, 10:09 PM
@ObserverIO - touché.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/10/2024, 9:10 AM
Now this is the Alien project I'm looking forward to.

The Romulus movie looks like a cross between Covenant and Resurrection. Horror drenched like Covenant but full of fan service ember berries like Resurrection.

The only thing that could live up to the the first two movies (and even the third movie to a lesser degree) is if they were to get a really great director to take the franchise and do whatever they wanted with it creatively. Fede Alvarez is not a great director. He's a good slasher/horror director, but not anywhere near the level of an early Ridley Scott, James Cameron or David Fincher. Even Jean-Pierre Jeunet was a great director, but the screenplay was too fanboy oriented. Too 'Member this? It felt like the movie version of some of the comics and books.

Noah Hawley is at least a great showrunner in terms of TV. So like the equivelent of a Cameron, Scott and Fincher but for the small screen. And it sounds like he's doing whatever the [frick] he wants with it, so I'm 100% in. This may be the one t live up to the legacy. The movie will be forgettable.
Order66
Order66 - 6/10/2024, 10:28 AM
So Prometheus and Alien Covenant are canon. Great….
MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 6/10/2024, 11:09 AM
@Order66 - LOL, exactly what i was thinking
MarvelousMarty
MarvelousMarty - 6/10/2024, 10:53 AM
Sounds very non Alien.
MarvelZombie616
MarvelZombie616 - 6/10/2024, 12:28 PM
To all of you haters:
Noah Hawley is clearly one of the best and intelligent showrunners as proven by Legion and Fargo.

Watch Romulus, Neverland is clearly too smart for you.

I also recommend reading the original screenplay of Prometheus.
Ridley Scott is to blame for changing the perfectly logical Script to a dumb as [frick] movie.
Covenant was just crap.
dagenspear
dagenspear - 6/10/2024, 3:29 PM
@MarvelZombie616 - LORD willing, you can't know if this movie will be smart or well written.
AlexSummers812
AlexSummers812 - 6/10/2024, 12:58 PM
They should just call it 𝐀𝐥ien.

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