Alien 3: Unproduced Screenplay by William Gibson to Become Comic Book

William Gibson's script for Alien 3 lives, thanks to Dark Horse!

1992’s Alien 3 holds an interesting place in Alien franchise history. It’s a follow-up to the excellent Aliens that takes things in a completely different direction than what you’d expect, turning the lens toward the macabre and dystopian civilization Ripley now inhabits after going into a deep sleep at the end of the first film. Alien 3 was the first feature film directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl), who’d later go on to make cult classics like Seven and Fight Club. In some respects, his turn at haunting poor Sigourney Weaver with a monstrous Xenomorph in a prison colony on a barely habitable planet was the dark prototype for his later films. 

Unfortunately, Alien 3 was poorly received, critics specifically citing the writing and how the movie did away with fan-favorite characters from Aliens. Fincher himself hates the film quite a bit. 

But there were other story ideas that could have perhaps saved the film. In fact, one of the scrapped screenplays that didn’t make it into production was written by the brilliant William Gibson (Neuromancer), who is better known as the father of cyberpunk. While it seemed like Gibson’s script was doomed to sit on a shelf, quietly waiting in hibernation like Ripley after escaping the Nostromo, Dark Horse Comics has come to the rescue. 

Dark Horse, which is also responsible for the excellent Aliens: Dead Orbit miniseries, will turn Gibson’s unproduced script into a five-part miniseries with art by Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered).

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Here’s the synopsis:

Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.

We have to say that this story does sound like a more logical progression for the series after the events of Aliens. The first two films are all about the Weyland-Yutani Corporation trying to get its hands on a xenomorph for less-than-honorable reasons. Now, the bad guys are closer than ever to turning the grotesque alien into the ultimate weapon. We assume only Ripley (and perhaps our beloved Bishop) can stop them?

The first issue of William Gibson’s Alien 3 arrives on Nov. 7. You can check out some preview pages above!