It was announced at the Disney Investor Day event that FX is developing a television series based on the Alien franchise.
Alien is a science-fiction horror/action media franchise that depicts a series of deadly encounters between humanity and the Aliens; a hostile, endoparasitoid, extraterrestrial species. Predominantly transpiring in the future, between the 21st and 24th centuries, humanity is shown to have become a space-faring species that has established an interstellar dominion. Space travel is lengthy (typically months or years) and necessitates the extensive use of cryosleep for most of any journey. Throughout the series, an ensemble of characters is repeatedly manipulated by and put in harm’s way by the greedy, unscrupulous, megacorporation Weyland-Yutani Corp which seeks to capture the Aliens for bio-weaponization purposes.
The series provides a fictionalized account of the origin of the human race. Billions of years prior to the main events of the films, a member of an ancient humanoid species, called the “Engineers”, sacrifices himself, allowing his DNA to spark the genesis of mankind. The Engineers’ other experiments, designed to exterminate the human race through the means of a deadly mutagen, paves the way for the Aliens to rise and populate through the traumatic implantation of larvae in hosts. Different incidents transpiring over several generations are chronicled throughout the franchise.
This new series is actually planned to take place on Earth, with Fargo’s Noah Hawley helming the series. An Alien project taking place on Earth has been attempted before as, in the mid-1990s, screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine wrote a treatment titled Alien: Earthbound. Fox executives were impressed by the script, having read it after Alien Resurrection had entered post-production. Joss Whedon had written an Earth-set script for Alien 5, but Sigourney Weaver was not interested and wanted it to be set on the original planetoid.
Details on the series are currently being kept under wraps, though we can assume a production start date of 2021-2022.