Marvel Comics ‘Alien’ Writer Discusses The Franchise After Disney Acquisition

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Since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, many of the latter’s properties has been in a state of flux. One of the franchises in question is ‘Alien,’ which started with the 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and its 1986 sequel ‘Aliens’ helmed by James Cameron.

While no new film projects have been seriously discussed, Marvel Comics begin releasing an ‘Alien’ comic book series starting in 2021.

Head writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson sat down with Discussing Film where he talked about the franchise following its acquisition by Disney.

“It was a huge vote of confidence on the part of Marvel and 20th Century Studios, which I was super grateful for, but honestly, an even bigger thrill for me personally,” he said. “Probably the most exciting part of it is that, with Marvel and 20th Century being part of the same company now, and the upcoming TV show being produced, we’re all adding to the same tapestry, collaborating to grow the Alien universe together in a way that feels super cohesive and consistent.”

When asked what helps inspire the story of the comic book, he explained, “The films are by far the biggest inspiration, but I also refer back to a lot of other Alien media, most notably the original Alien score by Jerry Goldsmith (the LP of which I sometimes listen to as I write) and Aliens: Salvation by Dave Gibbons and Mike Mignola.”

Johnson continued, “Aliens: Labyrinth is another one I come back to, to remind me how deeply upsetting an Alien story can and should be. Alien: Isolation is easily my favorite of the games.”

When asked if ‘Alien: Resurrection’ would play a role in the story, Johnson reacted negatively.

“There’s a specific image in Issue #1 that might make fans think of Alien: Resurrection, but generally that’s the one main-series movie I don’t give much thought, or even regard as “canon” in my heart of hearts,” Johnson said. “So no, there won’t be much Resurrection in the Marvel comic series. But I am a big fan of the prequel films, and Ridley Scott’s involvement quickly resolves any question of legitimacy.”

He added, “They’re part of the canon, no question. And although I have no immediate plans to do so, I do think there are some pretty cool ways in which we could tie those movies into the comics, and would certainly be game to do that.”

Disney announced on Twitter that an ‘Alien television show is in the works.

“Alien is currently in development at FX Networks,” they wrote. “The first TV series based on the classic film series is helmed by Fargo and Legion’s Noah Hawley. Expect a scary thrill ride set not too far in the future here on Earth.”


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