Is Raised by Wolves actually part of the Alien movie franchise? That's one of the theories circling the upcoming HBO Max sci-fi drama, which dropped its first trailer on Wednesday. Since Raised by Wolves shares a creator with the Alien series — Ridley Scott — it's easy to see why audiences might suspect a connection, but, as it turns out, the show takes place in a totally unrelated fictional universe.
According to Deadline, the new series "centres on two androids — Father and Mother — tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task." The premise does share a few things in common with the Alien series: conflict between humans and some powerful nonhuman species, space travel and colonisation, evolution, and the nature of humanity itself. These are themes that appear in a lot of Scott's work, in fact, including Alien and Blade Runner.
The actual Alien franchise has been in limbo for a few years now, thanks to creative issues as well as business complications. The last movie in the series was 2017's Alien: Covenant, the second movie in a planned prequel trilogy (which started with 2014's Prometheus). With the takeover of 21st Century Fox by Disney, the franchise rights were among many that shifted over to Disney. A 2019 Variety article revealed that the third prequel is in development, with Scott set to direct, but no further news has been released about the potential new instalment.
As far as the first trailer goes, it reveals a lot while actually revealing very little. There are plenty of visuals of the sci-fi dystopian setting, plus hints at just how action-packed and potentially violent the series can get, as well as giving us glimpses of what Mother and Father are up against and the complicated "family" relationships between them and the children they're raising. Watch the full trailer above to get a peek at what to expect when Raised by Wolves debuts on Fox Showcase on Sept. 3!