William Gibson’s Alien 3 Script Will Be Made Into A Comic

Posted by at 2:20 pm on July 12, 2018


In the late 1980s, not long after the release of James Cameron’s Aliens, famed Neuromancer author William Gibson was approached to write a script for Alien 3. The hope was Gibson, the man seen as effectively the inventor of the ‘cyberpunk’ aesthetic, would bring his distinct vision of the future to the franchise.

Gibson followed a treatment laid out by producers David Giler, Walter Hill and Gordon Carroll who wanted to explore the Weyland-Yutani Corporation’s motivations and wrap it all up in a big Cold War metaphor. So they came up with an idea for a story about a militarily aggressive culture of humans with rigid socialist ideology that saw them breaking away from Earth society.

Gibson accepted the task and came up with a story which picks up after Aliens as the Sulaco drifts into an area of space controlled by the Union of Progressive Peoples (U.P.P.) who board the vessel and one of their number is attacked by a facehugger. They take Bishop with them for further study. The Sulaco then arrives at the space station Anchorpoint and with Ripley in a coma, Hicks explores the station and discovers Weyland-Yutani are developing an Alien army just as U.P.P. are doing their own research. Soon both Anchorpoint and the U.P.P stations are overrun with the xenomorphs and Hicks leads the survivors in an attempt to destroy the parasites.

The producers were unsatisfied with the screenplay, . Months later, after a writer’s strike, Gibson was asked to make rewrites with then attached director Renny Harlin – however he declined and the script was ditched.

Now Gibson’s original script is being adapted into a new comic book series by Dark Horse Comics. Illustrated by Johnnie Christmas, Gibson has discussed the project with CBR and says:

“When your first contracted screenplay (or screenplay of any kind, in my case) isn’t produced, but the film is eventually made with a different screenplay, retaining nothing of yours but a barcode tattoo on the back of a character’s neck, the last thing you ever expect is to see yours beautifully adapted and realized, decades later, in a different medium, by an artist of Johnnie Christmas’ caliber. It’s a wonderful experience, and I have no doubt that Johnnie’s version, which adheres almost entirely to the script, delivers more of my material to the audience than any feature film would have been likely to do.”

The new Alien 3 comic will hit stores on November 7th.

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