William Gibson’s unproduced Alien 3 screenplay to be published as a comic book

William Gibson’s unproduced Alien 3 screenplay to be published as a comic book

0 comments 📅15 July 2018, 13:36

Dark Horse Comics announced that William Gibson’s original, unproduced Alien 3 script will be brought to life as a comic book.

The history of Alien 3 as a troubled production is no secret. After the release of James Cameron’s Aliens, numerous writers were involved with the project. Initially, producers Walter Hill and David Giler hired Neuromancer writer William Gibson. He was given a 12-page treatment to work with, but the 1987 writers strike resulted in Gibson delivering a draft, after which he left the project.

Gibson’s version had the Union of Progressive Peoples (UPP) intercept the USS Sulaco – the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. Unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger. Most of the action takes place at the space station Anchorpoint as the UPP races against the Weyland-Yutani company to breed and weaponise the xenomorph.

The screenplay will be adapted by Johnnie Christmas, who is also in charge of the art, with colours by Tamra Bonvillain.

“It’s a wonderful experience,” said Gibson, speaking to Comic Book Resources. “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 first of five issues of William Gibson’s Alien 3 is released on 5 November 2018.

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