Resurrection on the small screen? A TV series set in the 'Alien' universe is rumored to be in the works
Director Ridley Scott's original sci-fi classic, 'Alien', released on the big screen back in 1979, winning fans over with their much-ahead-of-times space-set saga.
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of director Ridley Scott's hit sci-fi classic, 'Alien', which graced the big screen back in 1979, winning fans over with their much-ahead-of-times space-set saga. Over the years, a slew of creatives has continued with their efforts to bank on the success of the franchise and its loyal fandoms with numerous sequels, reboots, and revivals.
In fact, after a number of moderately-successful sequels in the form of 'Aliens', 'Alien 3', and 1997's 'Alien: Resurrection' (helmed by different directors including James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet), Scott once again returned to take over the reigns of the franchise. As part of the rebooted series, the 80-year-old director even sketched a new storyline in 2012 with the prequel 'Prometheus' and one more installment later in 2017, the 'Alien: Covenant'. Despite Scott's return, though, and 20th Century Fox's vested interest in reviving the 'Alien' series, these sci-fi movies have suffered a gradual decline in interest, to say the least.
It might have been over a year since the last 'Alien' movie's release but there have been no substantial talks over a possible sequel to Covenant. But that might soon change, if the latest report is to be believed, which not only hints about the possible resurrection of the extra-terrestrial characters but also their arrival on the small screen - after all, TV with its vast resource of sci-fi content in the recent times, has proven that if these subjects are wrapped prettily, there's still an appetite for such shows.
The news comes courtesy of Omega Underworld, who went on to suggest that something live-action related to the 'Alien' might be en route but on the small screen. Apparently, a TV series set within the realms of the Alien cinematic universe is under development at Fox. However, what the show's subject is going to be or where it would eventually be aired - FX, or a streaming platform - is yet to be decided. But if everything goes as per plans, speculations are high that an Alien-set series would soon be occupying a spot on TV's must-watch list.
This goes without saying that the piece of news should be consumed with a hard grain of salt, given that everything seems to be in early stages of development and anything concrete from the studios is yet to make its way to the news. Regardless, with the prospect Covenant sequel - namely Alien: Awakening - in a limbo, it is more than exciting to think how the beloved franchise could be revived on TV.