Noah Hawley’s FX series Alien will be heading back into production early next year in Bangkok, Thailand, the Fargo creator told Deadline at the season 5 premiere in LA last night.
Alien shutdown due to the SAG-AFTRA strike back in late August after a July 19 start in Bangkok’s The Studio Park. Sets continued to be built during the actors’ downtime.
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“We’re getting back into production as quickly as possible,” Hawley told us. A January or February start is being eyed.
“We’re shooting in Bangkok, a half a world away; shooting again in the New Year,” he added.
Providing an update, Hawley said, “I got some footage. Some of the first hour was shot before we had to shutdown. It’s stuff to play with and edit.”
“I’m excited to get back in there.”
All the scripts for Alien were completed before the WGA strike was called in May.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott, the new Alien series is set in a time period before Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley and is the first story in the franchise that takes place on Earth, roughly 70 years in the future.
The cast is led by Sydney Chandler along with Alex Lawther as a soldier named CJ, Samuel Blenkin as Boy Kavalier, a CEO, as well as Essie Davis as Dame Silvia and Adarsh Gourav as Slightly. Kit Young plays a character named Tootles.
Production on Alien began in July without American Chandler, who is a SAG-AFTRA member. Filming continued for more than a month with the rest of the cast who were Equity members affiliated with the British trade union.
Disney/20th Century Studios also has a new Alien feature from filmmaker Fede Alvarez that’s currently scheduled for theatrical release on Aug. 16, 2024. The pic stars Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, Archie Renaux, David Jonsson, Aileen Wu and Spike Fearn. Logline: Young people from a distant world must face the most terrifying life form in the universe.
Hawley also told us yesterday that more seasons of Fargo are in store past this season’s 5. Decades yet to be explored by the limited series based on the multi-Oscar winning Coen Brothers movie are the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s.
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