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Alien – Out of the Shadows Audio Drama Announced!

The Alien – Out of the Shadows audiobook will be coming out Alien Day. Yesterday Fox announced all sorts of new goodies in their Alien Day press release including an audiobook of Titan’s Alien – Out of the Shadows. The original novel by Tim Lebbon was released in 2014 (you can read our review of it here) and the new audiobook version of Alien – Out of the Shadows is due for release on April 26th.

Thanks to the good people over at Movie Buzzers we have our first sneak peek (sneek listen?) at what’s in store for us!

“Alien: Out of the Shadows is set in the 57 years between the original classic sci-fi films, 1979’s Alien and 1986’s Aliens and features the vocal talent of Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner and Batman Begins), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter film series), Corey Johnson (The Bourne Ultimatum, Kingsman),Kathryn Drysdale, Laurel Lefkow, and Andrea Deck. It is directed by Dirk Maggs (radio series of Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) and based on the original novel by award-winning author Tim Lebbon.”

Alien - Out of the Shadows audiobook cover art. Alien - Out of the Shadows Audio Drama Announced!

Alien – Out of the Shadows audiobook cover art.

You should recognize the name Andrea Deck as the voice of Amanda Ripley from Alien: Isolation. She is returning to provide the voice of Kasyanov for this audiobook. Science-fiction fans will also recognize the name Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty from Sir Ridley Scott’s other well-known sci-fi classic, Blade Runner. Ripley is played by Laurel Lefkow and Hoop is voiced by Corey Johnson.

Rather than a traditional audiobook like the recently released Alien film novelizations, the Maggs’ directed Out of the Shadows is taking a multi-cast approach, giving it an almost audio-play quality to it. The book will run approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes and is available by download only.

The Alien – Out of the Shadows audiobook is available to pre-order over at Amazon now.



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  1. Corporal Hicks
    I listened to it a few years ago when I heard about it. I think ADC was the one to point me towards it. I thought it was pretty cool - very nice throwback to Orsen Welles! It's available on YouTube for anyone interested.

    I've just listened to the first half-hour. Off to a great start!

    Check this out!



    By this gent - https://twitter.com/hpositivefilm

    I'm about halfway or so through the drama and loving it.

    An interview with Rutger Hauer: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/alien/40184/rutger-hauer-interview-alien-out-of-the-shadows

    Plus some snaps that Dirk shared on Facebook.

    https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlf1/v/t1.0-9/13103284_10154134144299467_8894938389597630222_n.jpg?oh=3fedd8f8d2870578456a3145da5e3d60&oe=57BD2AA8
    https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13103381_10154134144544467_3820761010911184068_n.jpg?oh=275312f2b998d2552f983d6ea17056e9&oe=579D35B3
  2. Xenomorphine
    I still have 'Independence Day UK'! The ending's a bit superficial, but the set-up's great! I still enjoy listening to it, every now and then. :)

    For those curious, it starts out in the style of a live radio broadcast during the events of the film, with various celebrities playing themselves. Everything gets destroyed in a fairly haunting fashion, 'War Of The Worlds'-style. Then switches to a drama.
  3. Perfect-Organism
    Actually really looking forward to this audio-book.  I commute a lot and rather than "time wasted" it will now be "time well wasted".  No seriously, I can't wait to give this a spin.  I really enjoyed that book.
  4. HuDaFuK
    Nice! Loved the "old Seegson model" bit ;D Interesting to hear the script won't necessarily be a direct facsimile of the book.

    Really looking forward to giving this drama a go, luckily I'm on holiday next week so that should be the perfect chance to give it a listen!

    If you do any follow-up questions, I'd very much like to know more about that Resurrection drama he mentioned - if there's anything more he can tell us.
  5. Mr. Clemens
    Will there be a slight pause after the first two letters of every word that starts with the letter 'f'?  :D I keed, I keed.

    Was there any part of the dialogue or recording that Fox ordered changed?
  6. Perfect-Organism
    I'd be curious to find out about the following:

    -Did they used any actual sounds from the movies and does that mean all Alien films were referenced?

    -Are there plans for future Alien productions along these lines?

    -Are there any plans for original Alien works (i.e. not based on any books)?

    -How long did production take?

    -Was the book abridged for the purposes of the recording, or was it changed at all?

    -Is Dirk Maggs a big fan of Aliens?

    -Any cool stories on how the sound effects were generated?
  7. Corporal Hicks
    I'm getting our interview questions ready for Dirk Maggs, the producer on the audio drama. If anyone has any specific questions they would like asking please let me know. I'd like to get the questions sent off within the next day or so.
  8. Dean Learner
    Can't wait for this. David Magg's adaption of Neverwhere was terrific and he can really direct actors and knows how to use audio to tell a story. It's great that he's playing in the Aliens universe.
  9. HuDaFuK
    Yeah, although I've no idea where. He was way down in the "additional voices" bit of the credits, so it might just've been generic background characters rather than anyone specific.

    Looking back at the cast photo, it's fairly obvious he's the guy in the pink t-shirt. Didn't recognise him at first with a moustache!
  10. Corporal Hicks
    I'm not a big audiobook fan, but when it has nice audio production value/sound effec and a full cast, it feels much more like the audio track from a film.

    I find I sometimes lose interest when listening to straight up audiobooks but audio dramas/plays, what have you are much more interesting. I really hope this does well and encourages them to do more. Maybe even some original ones not based on the existing books.

    I fear authorities in the future will condemn us for not doing something about HuDa at this point.

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

     :P
  11. Robot Sentry
    This is pretty cool. I'm not a big audiobook fan, but when it has nice audio production value/sound effec and a full cast, it feels much more like the audio track from a film. This is something I'd love to see them do with more books instead of the regular old -- have one guy read the book-- kinda thing they do. Hopefully it will be a success and they'll do this same sort of treatment for some of the other Alien(s) novels.

    This did get me to check out some stuff on Audible, since I do already own a Kindle...

    FYI: the ALIENS ebook is on sale now for only 99 cents on Amazon.

    I snagged it and added the audiobook narration for another $2.99. So together I got the Kindle ebook and the audiobook read by William Hope for only 4 bucks total. Not bad at all, especially considering that Mr. Hope's voice seems to be a great fit for the material, based on my few minutes of sampling the audiobook reading.
  12. Perfect-Organism
    :)

    I see what you mean, but there's something about her. I thought it when I first found out who she was off the back of Isolation, and she looks great in that photo too.

    She was supposedly in Ridley's The Counsellor. Anyone ever see that?

    Oh my!  Huda's in love.   ;)

    Saw the Councillor.  I didn't  think it was such a bad film.  Cameron Diaz is viciously amazing, and Michael Fassbender is always good.
  13. HuDaFuK
    :)

    I see what you mean, but there's something about her. I thought it when I first found out who she was off the back of Isolation, and she looks great in that photo too.

    She was supposedly in Ridley's The Counsellor. Anyone ever see that?
  14. Elvis is Everywhere
    Dirk Maggs produced, adapted, and directed The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the Dirk Gently books, Neverwhere, Good Omens, Superman, and An American Werewolf in London for BBC Radio 4. This is a drop in the hat for the man!
  15. Corporal Hicks
    The preview actually had me download Audible and pre-order the whole thing. I'm actually really excited to listen to this! We should hopefully be having a chat with Dirk Maggs, the director, at some point next month too.  :)
  16. Perfect-Organism
    Wow, I just gave that a listen.  I can't say I remember ever hearing something like this.  It's really well done.  The sounds are quite richly layered and authentic.  It's definitely not somebody's read-through of the novel.  This is very cool..
  17. Corporal Hicks
    Wait, Andrea Deck?

    She was Amanda Ripley in Alien: Isolation!

    EDIT: Not reading the full post retard alert :P

     :P Ba-doy.

    Bigger image of the cover:

    http://www.avpgalaxy.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/300316_01a-e1459373964984.jpg

    And some of the cast of the drama, including Andrea Deck.

    https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/12891030_1150226588345145_2419980788997116205_o.jpg

    Correction: Andrea isn't playing Ripley, she's playing Kasyanov. Laurel Lefkow is playing Ripley.

    The lovable Hoop will be played by Corey Johnson - in the cap in the cast picture above.
  18. windebieste
    Andrea Deck is on board with this?  Oh, fantastic! 

    I guess this means she's comfortable working within this licence.  I hope she continues to do so.  Would it be too much of a stretch to want her to appear in a future 'ALIEN' movie as Amanda Ripley? 

    I'd be all for that. 

    -Windebieste.
  19. The Alien Predator
    I love the sound effects in the background. Usually I can't stand audiobooks as I prefer to read the book myself. But this is an exception, I like that it has different voice actors and sounds. I never listened to an audio drama before, only to some audiobooks on youtube, so this was a good taste of it.
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