Alien could have a future on Netflix. The classic horror/sci-fi franchise has gone through a number of incarnations over the years, but it has been fairly dormant since the last film, Alien: Covenant, hit theaters in 2017 and was an extremely divisive entry in the series. We do know that a new live-action series is headed to Hulu, but Giant Freakin Robot has learned about some new info that could mean we will be getting another Alien series on the streaming giant Netflix.
According to our trusted inside source – the same one that has provided Giant Freakin Robot with multiple confirmed exclusive scoops that have included Bruce Campbell appearing for a cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Monica Rambeau being a main character in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, and Chloe Bennet returning as Quake for a new Marvel series – an Alien animated series has been discussed at Netflix. The streaming service has become a haven for adult animation in general, and it sounds like the franchise might be looking to experiment in that medium for a new series.
Our source says that the Alien animated series was part of a few talks with Netflix that also included Predator and Stargate for animated shows. It sounds like the powers-that-be recognize the R-rated nature of the property and wondered if Netflix’s reputation for violent, mature animated shows might be the best arena to explore with this particular franchise. With Disney now owning the rights to the property, they likely don’t want to have their name directly attached to an animation project that could be seen as R-rated or TV-MA. Licensing it out to Netflix could provide a buffer for that issue.
However, we are not sure how long ago these talks about an Alien animated series with Netflix took place. With Disney announcing that a live-action series will be landing on Hulu, will they be putting all their chips into that basket as far as their best bet for managing the franchise? Do they want to test the waters with the Hulu series to see what else consumers might want to see from a new addition to the property? If so, could they decide to pull the trigger on the animated series?
An Alien animated series on Netflix does feel like a good idea. It would decrease the budget necessary to properly execute the elaborate sci-fi world that the series lives in, and it could offer the opportunity to do some crazier things that a live-action budget simply wouldn’t allow for. And with audiences clearly okay with adult animation – Netflix’s Castlevania has been extremely popular and critically praised – it might actually be the safest bet for the property since the last few outings have gotten mixed receptions.
It will be interesting to see if Alien heads over to Netflix for an adult animated show. The possibilities would be limitless with that medium and we could see one of the strangest and most frightening additions to the franchise in a long time.