WILLIAM GIBSON's Scrapped ALIEN 3 Script Gets Comic Book Adaptation

William Gibson's Alien 3 #1
Credit: Dark Horse Comics
Credit: Dark Horse Comics
Credit: Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse has announced a comic book adaptation of Neuromancer author William Gibson's unproduced script for Alien 3, adapted by writer and artist Johnnie Christmas and colorist Tamra Bonvillain, as announced through CBR.

Gibson wrote the initial screenplay for Alien 3, though the script that director David Fincher filmed for the 1992 movie was heavily rewritten

“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,” Gibson told CBR in a statement. “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.”

Credit: Dark Horse Comics
Credit: Dark Horse Comics

“As for my screenplay, I’d like to point out that I worked from a treatment provide by the film’s three producers, so it wasn’t my idea, at all, to jettison Ripley,” Gibson added. “Unhappy with that, as a fan of the previous two films, I went for a multiple helping of Bishop, my second favorite human character in the first film.”

Here's the synopsis for Gibson's version of Alien 3:

Credit: Dark Horse Comics
Credit: Dark Horse Comics
“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.”
 
William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 is due out on shelves November 7, with variant covers from James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore and Christian Ward. The series' length was not specified.
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