Scrapped Xeno: Details on Noah Hawley's 2019 Pitched Alien Series

The Alien series continues to be on uneven footing as Ridley Scott says he thinks there will be another movie that will abandon the planned Prometheus trilogy. While he sorts that all out with the studio, Noah Hawley (Fargo and numerous others) spoke to the Observer about an event series he had pitched to FX which would have been a breakaway from what we've already seen from the franchise. As a creator, Hawley continues to break new ground and would have made a series that would have focused much more on the human drama aspect of the story. It sounds like the Xenomorph would have taken a backseat to the interaction between the characters of his expanded plot line. Here's what he told Observer:

“Alien is on some level the complete opposite of Star Trek,” Hawley said, "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.”

He continued:

“I thought it would be interesting if you could expand,” he said. “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!’”