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In an exclusive by CBR, Dark Horse announced yesterday that an adaptation of William Gibson’s unproduced script for Alien 3 is coming this fall and will be crafted by artist and writer Johnnie Christmas (pretty sweet name if you ask me).
Synopsis for Gibson’s Alien 3
“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.”
As per usual, there is the ever-present struggle between characters in this universe: to maintain their humanity in the face of overwhelming adversity from aliens and humans alike, while others are only concerned with corporate interests–particularly within the bio-weapons division, and personal wealth (anyone else is expendable).
The key difference between previous installments is the prospect of opposing governments seeking the Xenomorph (not unlike the Cold War between the United States and Russia) rather than the same old song-and-dance against the Weyland-Yutani corporation.
Alien 3 has a troubled history. Many fans (including myself) appreciate the film, but as a follow-up to James Cameron’s Aliens–and with the decision to kill off fan favorites like Hicks, Newt, and Bishop–it was a massive disappointment.
But, It sounds like us alien-fanatics will be getting the completion to the trilogy we’ve always wanted thanks to Gibson, Christmas, and Dark Horse Comics.
Fans will be treated to a new (albeit old) journey of terror with the Sulaco and her crew. Resurrecting characters like Hicks, Newt, Bishop (and Ripley) of course.