Fargo Creator Noah Hawley Talks Alien Miniseries He Pitched to FX
During an interview with Observer, Emmy winner and Fargo series creator Noah Hawley discussed the Alien miniseries he had pitched to FX in 2019, with a specific focus on the “human drama.”
“Alien is on some level the complete opposite of Star Trek,” Hawley told the outlet. “It’s sort of about humanity at its worst. There’s this moment in the second film when Sigourney says, ‘I don’t know which species is worse. At least they don’t screw each other over for a percentage.’ If you look at what Aliens tends to be, it’s usually a trapped story – trapped in a ship, trapped in a prison, etc. And because the Alien has this life cycle to it, where it goes from egg, to chestburster, to xenomorph, there becomes a certain routine to it.”
“I thought it would be interesting if you could expand,” he continued. “If you’re going to make something for television, you’ve got 10 hours let’s say. Even if you have a lot of action, like two hours, then you’re still going to have eight hours left. So what is the show about? That’s what I tried to talk to them about. As I did with Legion, the exercise is: Let’s take the superhero stuff out of the show and see if it’s still a great show. What’s the show about? Let’s take the Alien out of the show. What’s the show about? What are the themes, who are the characters and what is the human drama? Then we drop the aliens back in and we go, ‘This is great. Not only is there great human drama, but there’s aliens!’”
What do you think about Hawley’s idea for a new miniseries set within the Alien universe? Do you hope to see the pitch come to fruition one day? Sound off in the comments below!