Unproduced Alien 3 screenplay getting the novel treatment

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Another Aliens sequel is on the way, it seems, but this time we’re going to get the story in book form – more details here.

If you’re one of those people that is still mad about what happened to Hicks and Newt in between Aliens and Alien 3, well, today may be a good news for you. It’s been announced that William Gibson, the creator of the cyberpunk genre, who wrote an unproduced screenplay for Alien 3, will finally see his script released – in novel form at least.

A novel of the screenplay has been announced, although in fairness, there’s already been a Dark Horse comic and an audio book adaptation. Still, it’s exciting news, and you can have a read of an extended synopsis below: ‘

“William Gibson’s never-before-adapted screenplay for the direct sequel to Aliens, revealing the fates of Ripley, Newt, the synthetic Bishop, and Corporal Hicks. When the Colonial Marines vessel Sulaco docks with space station and military installation Anchorpoint, a new form of Xenomorph appears.”

The Sulaco, on its return journey from LV-426, enters a sector controlled by the “Union of Progressive Peoples,” a nation-state engaged in an ongoing cold war and arms race. U.P.P. personnel board the Sulaco and find hypersleep tubes with Ripley, Newt, and an injured Hicks. A Facehugger attacks the lead commando, and the others narrowly escape, taking what remains of Bishop with them.

The Sulaco continues to Anchorpoint, a space station and military installation the size of a small moon, where it falls under control of the military’s Weapons Division. Boarding the Sulaco, a team of Colonial Marines and scientists is assaulted by a pair of Xenomorph drones. In the fight Ripley’s cryotube is badly damaged. It’s taken aboard Anchorpoint, where Ripley is kept comatose. Newt and an injured Corporal Hicks are awakened, and Newt is sent to Gateway Station on the way to Earth. The U.P.P. sends Bishop to Anchorpoint, where Hicks begins to hear rumors of experimentation-the cloning and genetic modification of Xenomorphs.

The kind of experimentation that could yield a monstrous hybrid, and perhaps even a Queen.’

It’s difficult to say whether the Gibson take on Alien3 would have been better than Fincher’s version that we originally got (but, y’know…). Pat Cadigan is writing the book, based on Gibson’s story. It’s due out this summer and you catch the cover below.



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