Description Audible is bringing William Gibson’s lost Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien Franchise.
Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.
Father of cyberpunk, William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third installment that might have been after being leaked online.
This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatization—directed by the multi award-winning Dirk Maggs, is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.
The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.
We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone....
Starring: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Lance Henriksen, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham, Rebecca Yeo.
As a fan of the Alien franchise, I was delighted to stumble upon this dramatisation of the original idea for the third instalment of Alien movies. Ultimately, the movie that became Alien 3 bears little resemblance to what you'll hear because this script was shelved and forgotten about.
Chronologically, of course, it's set after the events of the 2nd movie, so we start with Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop asleep as their ship heads for the safety of home. The opening 10 minutes or so is a recount of the story so far as told by Bishop as he slowly regains consciousness and finds their ship has drifted into non-company space.
Ripley is more of a footnote in this version, rather than the lead... which is weird if it were to be the third movie. Barely any speaking parts, even Newt had more lines. Bishop and Hicks, as well as the crew of the space station they wake up on, get most of the attention. If anything, it's more (now outdated) political themes than it is "bug hunt"... but a fun instalment nonetheless if for no other reason than to say I'm now familiar with another chapter of the universe.
Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen were a welcome addition, bringing back waves of nostalgia as I listened to their voices of Hicks and Bishop respectively.
Ultimately, not the best of the franchise but not the worst either by a long shot. At a touch over two hours long, for fans of the franchise, it's certainly worth a listen.