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Alien TV Show Sets Sights On An Early 2025 Premiere-TGN

Summary

  • The Alien TV show, a prequel to the 1979 film, is expected to premiere in early 2025.
  • The show’s production started in July 2023 but was delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.
  • The plan is to resume production in January and shoot until July, with an expected air date in the first half of ’25.


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The Alien TV show sets its sights on an early 2025 premiere date. From Fargo‘s Noah Hawley – who serves as the showrunner, writer, and director – the upcoming FX series is a prequel to 1979’s Alien, set 70 years before the events of the first film. The show’s cast includes Sydney Chandler in the lead role alongside Alex Lawther, Samuel Blenkin, Essie Davis, Adarsh Gourav, and Kit Young. Production on the series started in July 2023 but was halted and delayed indefinitely due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.

In a new interview with The Wrap, Hawley revealed the Alien TV show has a plan in place to resume filming in February 2024 and premiere in early 2025. That is, of course, assuming the ongoing SAG-AFTRA is resolved swiftly. See his full comments below:

We’re all just waiting for the strike, and it will end. The plan right now is to go back in January and be shooting in February, and looks like shoot until July or so, which puts the air date somewhere in the in the first half of ’25. I was able to complete filming most of the first hour. That said, I wasn’t able to film anything with my star. So I still have the bulk of the show to film, and we have seven more hours to shoot. I certainly would have loved to get the show in front of people as quickly as possible.


Why The Alien Series Isn’t Releasing Until 2025

The xenomorph on a ship in Alien Covenant

First announced in 2020, the Alien series has since experienced numerous delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the SAG-AFTRA strike, causing it to undergo a complicated production schedule. Originally, the series was supposed to start filming in March 2022, but production was delayed until 2023 due to the pandemic. Production was finally able to begin in July 2023 in Thailand, where filming was able to continue during the SAG-AFTRA strike since the show’s British cast was working under a different union contract known as Equity.

Related: 5 Shows That Can Continue Filming Despite SAG Strike (& Why)

However, they were only able to film scenes without the show’s lead, Sydney Chandler, who is American. Once they finished filming these scenes, production had to be shut down in late August due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. If there is a swift resolution, as Hawley and many others are hoping for, the Alien series should resume filming in February 2024. The show still has a bulk of its scenes to shoot with Sydney Chandler, who is the series lead, which is why filming will last until July 2024, pushing the premiere date back to early 2025.

Source: The Wrap

  • Alien TV Show Sets Sights On An Early 2025 Premiere-TGN

    Alien (1979)

    Release Date:
    1979-06-22

    Director:
    Ridley Scott

    Cast:
    Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto

    Rating:
    R

    Runtime:
    117 minutes

    Genres:
    Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

    Writers:
    Dan O’Bannon

    Summary:

    Alien is a sci-fi horror-thriller by director Ridley Scott that follows the crew of a spaceship known as the Nostromo. After the staff of the merchant’s vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew members attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

    Story By:
    Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett

    Budget:
    $11 million

    Studio(s):
    20th Century Fox

    Distributor(s):
    20th Century Fox

    Sequel(s):
    Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant

    Franchise(s):
    Alien

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