Alien TV series creator Noah Hawley reveals the show’s premise

A curly-haired child rides down a futuristic hall while his family watches.

A child rides a Weyland-Yutani-branded Big Wheel in this deleted scene from Aliens.
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Alien director Ridley Scott may have slammed the idea, but we are very interested in what Legion and Fargo TV show creator Noah Hawley is going to do with Alien franchise. (Probably more than anyone else Alien movies, Scott makes.) And even though we’re not going to see new Xenomorph madness on our TVs for a while, we have a little more detail on for tax purposes minded show.

Here’s what Hawley told me Esquire about the show after an extensive (and quite interesting!) interview about his latest book, Anthem: “It is set on the Earth of the future. At the moment, I describe it as Edison versus Westinghouse versus Tesla. Someone wants to monopolize electricity. We just do not know which one it is.

“In the movies, we have this Weyland-Yutani Corporation, which apparently also develops 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 these technologies will win? It’s ultimately a classic science fiction question: does humanity deserve to survive? As Sigourney Weaver said in the second film: ‘I do not know which species is the worst. At least they do not fuck each other for a percentage “Even though the show was 60% of the best horror action on the planet, there are still 40% where we have to ask, ‘What are we talking about, under it all?’ Thematically, it should be interesting. ”

I will say that this is very interesting, especially because I have no idea how Xenomorphs of Alien is going to fit into a corporate battle over the immortality business. Of course Alien franchise has been merged with themes of greed and trade from the very beginning; in the first film, the Nostromo was a spacecraft that was to investigate the emergency call on planet LV-426 according to company policy. IN Foreigners, the slimy Weyland-Yutani Corporation representative Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) gets many people killed in an attempt to capture a Xenomorph for its bioweapons industry, just as Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) does in the prequel Prometheus.

But it still does not explain how you can get immortality out of a Xenomorph. We know at least two other things about the show: 1) if Hawley is involved, the Alien TV series are getting interesting and 2) The Earth is completely fucked up.

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