In the late 1980s, Neuromancer author William Gibson was hired to write a screenplay for what would become the third film in the Alien franchise. By the time the film made it to theaters in 1992, almost nothing of what Gibson had contributed to the development of the project remained. Now, three decades after it was written, Gibson's Alien 3 is finally begin adapted in the pages of Dark Horse Comics.
The publisher announced Wednesday that it will publish William Gibson's Alien 3, a new comic book series using Gibson's script, adapted by writer and artist Johnnie Christmas (Angel Catbird) with colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Doom Patrol). The series begins like Gibson's script, in the aftermath of Aliens, as the Sulaco — the ship carrying Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop's hibernating forms — travels through space. Things immediately diverge from the film we saw, though, as the ship is intercepted. Here's Dark Horse's official synopsis.
"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."
The final Alien 3 film remains a divisive installment in the series, perhaps even moreso than Alien: Resurrection and Prometheus. Rather than using Gibson's idea of the Union of Progressive Peoples, the film immediately kills off everyone from Aliens except Ripley and a stowaway facehugger, and places Sigourney Weaver's heroine in a penal colony where a new alien-dog hybrid roams. The film was particularly controversial for its decision to scrap nearly all of the fan-favorite survivors from Aliens. Now, we get to see how Gibson would have done it, which should mean a very, very different ride.
William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 arrives from Dark Horse on November 7. Check out a five-page preview below.