Alien Day is invading Earth on April 26 with a full lineup of special events, celebration screenings of Alien and Prometheus, fan art contests, a trivia challenge, and cool prizes.
To add to this list of festivities, a new Audible audio drama is being released titled Alien: River of Pain, an adaptation of the novels from Titan Books. The notoriously hostile LV-426 is the setting for this harrowing adventure into the lives of the planetoid colonists, following the Nostromo's unfortunate arrival in Alien and before the story of James Cameron's Aliens unfolds.
Written by Christopher Golden and directed by Dirk Maggs, River of Pain also contains the origin story of Newt, the scraggly, cocoa-loving survivor of the Xenomorph attacks at their Hadley's Hope colony camp, seen briefly in the Director's Cut of Aliens. Alien: River of Pain debuts on April 26 with its cast featuring Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, Marc Warren, Michelle Ryan, William Hope and Alexander Siddig.
Here's the official description:
Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 – resting place of the Nostromo and the xenomorph she first encountered – has been renamed Acheron.
Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope. Anne and Russell Jorden – two colonists who are seeking a fortune that eluded them on Earth – are expecting their first born child.
The birth of Rebecca Jorden, known to her family as ‘Newt’, is a cause for celebration. But as the colony grows and expands, so too do the political struggles between a small detachment of Colonial Marines and the Weyland-Yutani scientists posted on Acheron. Willing to overlook their orders in order to serve the Company’s interests, these scientists have another far more sinister agenda – to covertly capture a living Alien.
The wildcatters discover a vast, decaying spaceship. The horseshoe-shaped vessel is of particular interest to Weyland-Yutani, and may be the answer to their dreams. But what Anne and Russell find on board proves to be the stuff, not of dreams, but of nightmares.
Starring Anna Friel and Philip Glenister, this terrifying, cinematic, multi-cast dramatization – adapted from the original novel and directed by the multi-award winning Dirk Maggs, best-known for his adaptations of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere for the BBC – is the sequel to Audible Original's Alien: Out Of The Shadows (nominated for Best Audio Drama at the 2017 Audies).
Actor Alexander Siddig, who played the passive Prince Doran Martell on Game of Thrones, is one of the Alien audio play's stars.
"I'm a massive commercial movie freak," Siddig told Digital Spy. "I sort of lost track of the Alien movies a bit -- quite a lot got made! But I really enjoyed the first one and was always interested in watching the subsequent ones. Recording this, I recognized a lot of the tropes. A young child, vulnerable, a big empty space station, lots of eggs ... very suspenseful and terrifying situations, which is pretty much the refrain of most of the Alien movies."
Siddig will portray the Victor Frankenstein-like Doctor Reese, whose monstrous actions put the entire colony in peril.
"He puts science above everything -- and puts everybody at enormous risk because of it. I'd like to say, 'But he has a heart' -- but I'm not sure he does. I couldn't find it!"
Click here to listen to an exclusive preview of the fight at Hadley's Hope ... then tell us if this Aliens prequel audio odyssey is something you'll explore.