During the FX TCA winter tour panel today, Chief John Landgraf gave an update about the upcoming "Alien" series.
"There are some big surprises in store for the audience," said Landgraf. He added, "Alien takes place before Ripley. It's the first story that takes place in the Alien franchise on Earth. So, it takes place on our planet. Right near the end of this century we're in - so 70-odd years from now. Ripley won't be a part of it or any of the other characters of Alien other than the alien itself."
Landgraf also commented on series director Noah Hawley, saying, "Noah has this incredible ability, and I think you've seen it with Fargo, to both find a way of being faithful, showing fidelity to an original creation like a Coen brothers' movie, or in this case, Ridley Scott's and James Cameron's follow-up, Aliens, but also to bring something new to the table that represents extension and reinvention of a franchise at the same time."