FX's Alien TV Series Will Reportedly Film Without SAG Members

The writers' strike has been impacting various aspects of Hollywood for several months, and now an actors' strike has been officially declared, further complicating productions. Among the highly anticipated projects affected is a TV series set in the world of Alien, helmed by Noah Hawley. However, according to a recent report from Variety, only two key figures involved in the series are part of SAG-AFTRA, the actors' union, prompting the production to find ways to work around their absence. As the writers' strike shows no signs of swift resolution, it is likely that the actors' strike will follow suit, leaving the timeline for ending both strikes and resuming productions uncertain.

The article highlights that the Alien TV series is currently in pre-production in Thailand and features a cast consisting of both SAG-AFTRA and Equity members, potentially including two lead actors. Despite this, the expansive nature of the series could allow certain elements to be filmed without the presence of these individuals. While numerous other movies and TV shows have completely halted production, the ability to film any scenes for the Alien series still offers it an advantage over other affected projects.

The announcement of the Alien TV series came in 2020 when The Walt Disney Company acquired 20th Century Fox, securing the rights to the exciting franchise. In addition to the TV series, a new Alien film is also in development and recently finished filming.

Hawley had previously hinted at what would distinguish his TV series from previous events depicted on the big screen.

"It's set in a futuristic Earth. Right now, I describe it as a clash between Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla," Hawley revealed to Esquire in 2022. "There will be a race to monopolize electricity, but we don't yet know which of them will succeed... In the films, we have the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, which is clearly focused on developing artificial intelligence. But what if there are other companies exploring immortality through different means, such as cyborg enhancements or transhuman downloads? Which of these technologies will prevail?"

He continued, "Alien is an intriguing story because it goes beyond being just a monster movie. It explores our predicament caught between our primal past and the artificial intelligence of our future, both of which pose threats to us... As Sigourney Weaver's character said in the second movie, 'I don't know which species is worse. At least they don't f-ck each other over for a percentage.' Even if the show delivers 60% of the best horror-action content on the planet, there's still 40% where we have to delve into deeper themes. It has to be intellectually engaging. It's a humbling experience to be able to work with the iconic elements of this world."

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