The highly anticipated FX Alien series from director Noah Hawley will resume production in Bangkok, Thailand, in early 2024. “We’re getting back into production as quickly as possible,” Hawley told Deadline.
Alien Series Footage
“We’re shooting in Bangkok, a half a world away. Shooting again in the New Year,” the filmmaker said of the expected January/February start date.
“I got some footage,” Hawley continued, providing an update on work already completed for the Alien series.
“Some of the first hour was shot before we had to shut down. It’s stuff to play with and edit. I’m excited to get back in there,” he added.
Production initially began on July 19 at The Studio Park in Bangkok. But everything was halted due to the SAG-AFTRA strike in August.
Noah Hawley Writing And Directing
Fortunately, all the scripts for the Alien series had been finalized before the WGA strike in May, and sets continued to be built during the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Filming continued for over a month, with cast members who belonged to the British trade union Equity. American and SAG-AFTRA member Sydney Chandler was not involved.
Billed as a sci-fi horror, the Alien series is written and directed by Noah Hawley. Based on the Alien franchise, the story serves as a prequel set three decades before the events of the 1979 film.
The show, a joint venture between 20th Television and Scott Free Productions, stars Sydney Chandler, Alex Lawther, Essie Davis, Samuel Blenkin, and Adarsh Gourav.
Sigourney Weaver Not Involved
The Alien series will be the first installment in the franchise without Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley. In a previous interview, the actress said she had no interest in reprising her role from the 1979 sci-fi horror classic.
Weaver explained that she was happy with the time she had already dedicated to the popular, long-running franchise.
The Alien franchise, which now includes the upcoming series, began with the 1979 film Alien. Created by director Ridley Scott, the franchise has expanded to include various sequels, prequels, novels, comic books, video games, and other media.
The first film introduces the iconic extraterrestrial creature known as the Xenomorph and follows the crew of the spaceship Nostromo.
Alien Movie Franchise Beginnings
In 1986, James Cameron directed a sequel called Aliens, which was more action-oriented than its predecessor. Ripley, the sole survivor of the first film, returns to face the Xenomorphs.
But this time, she is accompanied by a group of Colonial Marines. Alien 3 from director David Fincher sees Ripley crash-landing on a prison planet and introduces a different kind of Xenomorph threat.
Other Movies And Prequels
In 1997, Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed Alien: Resurrection. Set 200 years after the events of Alien 3, Ripley is cloned and confronts a new breed of aliens.
Like the Aliens series, there have also been prequels in the franchise. Ridley Scott helmed the 2012 film Prometheus, which is set in the same universe as the other films but takes place before the events of the original.
Alien: Covenant And Series Release
Alien: Covenant, released in 2017 and also directed by Ridley Scott, serves as a direct sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to the Alien film series. The story follows a colonizing mission that encounters the deadly Xenomorphs.
The entire Alien film series has had a significant impact on pop culture, influencing other works in the sci-fi and horror genres. The upcoming FX/Hulu series is sure to be a hit with long-time fans and new audiences. There is no release date at this time.