A child rides a Weyland-Yutani-branded Big Wheel in this deleted scene from Aliens. Screenshot: 20th Century
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 the Alien franchisee. (Certainly more than any of the other Alien movies Scott is making.) And while we won’t be seeing any new Xenomorph shenanigans on our TV sets for a while, we’ve got a few more details about the tax-oriented show.
This is what Hawley said: Esquire on the show after an extensive (and quite interesting!) interview about his latest book, Anthem: “It’s set in the Earth of the future. Right now I’m describing that as Edison versus Westinghouse versus Tesla. Someone is going to monopolize electricity. We just don’t know which one it is.
“In the movies, we have this Weyland-Yutani Corporation, which is obviously developing artificial intelligence as well, but what if there are other companies that are trying to look at immortality in a different way, with cyborg enhancements or transhuman downloads? After all, it’s a classic science fiction question: does humanity deserve to survive? As Sigourney Weaver said in that second film, “I don’t know which kind is worse. At least they don’t fuck each other by a percentage.” Even if the show was 60% of the best horror action in the world, there’s still 40% where we have to ask, ‘What are we talking about, underneath it all?’ Thematically it should be interesting.”
I’d say this is very interesting, especially since I have no idea how the Xenomorphs or Alien will fit into a corporate battle over the immortality business. Of course, the Alien franchise has been intertwined with themes of greed and commerce from the start; in the first movie, the Nostromo was a spaceship that had to investigate the distress call on planet LV-426 according to company policy. In Aliens, the slimy representative of the Weyland-Yutani company Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) has many people killed in an attempt to capture a Xenomorph for his bioweapons industry, much like Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) does in the prequel Prometheus.
But that still doesn’t explain how to extract immortality from a Xenomorph. We know at least two other things about the show: 1) if Hawley is involved, the Alien TV series will be interesting, and 2) the earth is absolutely screwed up.
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