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Dark Horse Alternate Alien³ Project Teased!

In celebration of Alien Day, Dark Horse Comics posted a single panel from an upcoming yet unannounced project. They included the caption:

“You may think you know what happens next, but you don’t.

Find out more in July…”

 Dark Horse Alternate Alien³ Project Teased!

This panel obviously depicts the opening sequence of Alien³, but the tagline that Dark Horse shared suggests this may not be a telling of the Alien³ story that we know. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.

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  1. Perfect-Organism
    Oh you know.  Listless stories that go nowhere.  They can hardly be blamed though.   Fox puts too many limits on them for them to truly explore their own space.  Fire and stone was an example.  I get it.  I don't like it.
  2. Local Trouble
    This thread has me thinking that SM made some phone calls.

    Dark Horse could make a nice little series out of adapting all the unused scripts for Alien 3.

    I'd say get tweeting them but I never see them respond to anything.  :laugh:

    Don't you have some influence?  Maybe SM could make some calls.
  3. Local Trouble
    Yeah, I don't think I really ever wanted to see a live Space Jockey, especially after we got one in the comics.  A depiction of the bizarre ruins of their ancient and unfathomably advanced civilization would have been far more preferable to me.
  4. OpenMaw
    Interestingly enough I think Metroid, in it's original trilogy, handled the Chozo the way I would have handled the Jockey. The only remnants left of the Chozo were the Metroids and their Biomechanoid guardians the Torizo.

  5. 426Buddy
    After Aliens I think there was a good opportunity to do a story about humanity stumbling upon another remnant of the space jockey's civilization. Ripley could have been brought in or left out. Have Hicks working with the uscm to quarantine the situation before companies like WY try get there hands on specimens or Jockey tech.

    That probably sounds crappy but i would have prefered a direction like that after Aliens. Explore  more of the jockeys civilation as designed by Giger. Leave them mysterious and wiped out.

    As much as I enjoy the prequels, its not the direction i would have gone with the back story to the original space jockey from Alien.
  6. Kailem
    I think the two drafts both have their strengths and weaknesses. The first draft is a tad too insane, while the second is scaled back a bit too much. Hicks and co. are still acting like there's a big alien zombie apocalypse going on, even though there's only one alien that they know about, and they even spend a good chunk of the third act thinking it's dead.

    Having now read the second draft I'd agree with that. In the first it makes sense why they go to Defcon 1 so quickly once shit hits the fan whereas in the second draft it feels a bit too much like they're still reacting to those original events rather than the revised version. Had it gotten to a third draft things might have evened out a bit more.

    I do like the scale of the first draft compared to the second, certainly in terms of the Anchorpoint station itself. In the first one it houses hundreds of people and has big malls and social spaces and stuff, whereas in the second it seems like the only people on board are the ones we meet in the story. Hopefully it's the first draft that's being adapted here if only for the scale and the insanity, since as you say, the second one is definitely a lot more toned-down. I still don't really like the idea behind the "New Beast", but as a crazy "what if?" comic I say go nuts. :laugh:
  7. OpenMaw

    It's weird, Gibson was basically the only writer who attempted to explain how there can believably be Aliens on the Sulaco after the second film - by having some goo the Queen stuck in Bishop when she impaled him develop into an egg... and then he went and stuck in a couple of magic adults for the lulz.


    It's particularly jarring when you look at the way Cameron basically went out of his way to line his movie up with Ridley's.
  8. Whiskeybrewer
    Yeah from what Ive read Giler (#F**kGiler) and Hill gave Gibson a small treatment and were hoping he'd give them a sprawling script from which they could just take stuff out and make their version. But he gave them a proper script and story so they were stuck

    and then the hell began because Giler's a prick lol
  9. HuDaFuK
    But that makes no sense.

    Nope :)

    It's weird, Gibson was basically the only writer who attempted to explain how there can believably be Aliens on the Sulaco after the second film - by having some goo the Queen stuck in Bishop when she impaled him develop into an egg... and then he went and stuck in a couple of magic adults for the lulz.

    He fixed it in his second draft by just having the egg, but still. Amazing how he, Red and Ward - and then the shooting script - all had Aliens running amuck on the Sulaco without any explanation.

    I just now noticed that Giler and Hill are given the story credit in those scripts, even though the screenplays were written by Gibson.

    As Kiramid says, I believe Gibson worked from a loose framework given to him by the producers.
  10. KiramidHead
    I think the two drafts both have their strengths and weaknesses. The first draft is a tad too insane, while the second is scaled back a bit too much. Hicks and co. are still acting like there's a big alien zombie apocalypse going on, even though there's only one alien that they know about, and they even spend a good chunk of the third act thinking it's dead.
  11. Kailem
    For example, I don't want to see an adult alien soldier attacking the UPP commandos in the beginning.  They should only find the egg growing out of Bishop's entrails.

    I'd have to go peak, but didn't that thing have like four arms or something? There was something off about that adult alien.

    They were attacked by a face hugger, and the guy that was hugged was blown out the airlock... yet somehow two adult aliens were on board the Sulaco when it docked at Anchorpoint.

    But that makes no sense.

    Nope. They're just there.

    If there's already this much back and forth fan theorising and debating about whether there was one facehugger or two in the beginning of Alien 3 can you imagine how much there would have been about where those two adults came from if that first draft had actually gotten made? :laugh:
  12. SM
    It's probably the same deal as Aliens.  They said 'Aliens vs. Hicks vs. space commies.  Go.' and the rest was Gibson.

    Not taking any chances with the WGA after Alien.
  13. TheBATMAN
    The concept of the 'cold war' in space and the further desire of the company to weaponise and experiment on the creature was the premise that Giler and Hill wanted if I'm remembering right. Gibson based his story off this concept.
  14. Local Trouble
    For example, I don't want to see an adult alien soldier attacking the UPP commandos in the beginning.  They should only find the egg growing out of Bishop's entrails.

    I'd have to go peak, but didn't that thing have like four arms or something? There was something off about that adult alien.

    They were attacked by a face hugger, and the guy that was hugged was blown out the airlock... yet somehow two adult aliens were on board the Sulaco when it docked at Anchorpoint.

    But that makes no sense.
  15. KiramidHead
    The Wooden Planet script is basically Ripley hallucinating, sitting in a cell, and wandering corridors while the interesting stuff happens when elsewhere, mostly off screen. And the Android who appears in it won't stop chattering about bread. :laugh:
  16. David's Creation
    I know it mostly likely isn’t an adaptation of the Vincent Ward script with the wooden planet and the monks, but I would be EXTREMELY interested in seeing that.

    I started re-reading that last night.

    I agree it'd make for a visually stunning comic, but man... The script as a whole is so much worse than I remember.
    I admit I haven’t read it, I’ve just read broad descriptions.
  17. Still Collating...
    For example, I don't want to see an adult alien soldier attacking the UPP commandos in the beginning.  They should only find the egg growing out of Bishop's entrails.

    I'd have to go peak, but didn't that thing have like four arms or something? There was something off about that adult alien.

    They were attacked by a face hugger, and the guy that was hugged was blown out the airlock... yet somehow two adult aliens were on board the Sulaco when it docked at Anchorpoint.

    Mum must've taken a couple of kids with her on board the dropship.

    "Buckle up kids. We're going for a ride"

     ;D

    That or David put them there with his epic gag reflex of doom.

    I think "David's epic gag reflex" should become the answer to all future plot holes.
  18. Corporal Hicks
    For example, I don't want to see an adult alien soldier attacking the UPP commandos in the beginning.  They should only find the egg growing out of Bishop's entrails.

    I'd have to go peak, but didn't that thing have like four arms or something? There was something off about that adult alien.

    They were attacked by a face hugger, and the guy that was hugged was blown out the airlock... yet somehow two adult aliens were on board the Sulaco when it docked at Anchorpoint.

    Something was resolved in the second draft. The guy runs off into the ship instead.
  19. KiramidHead
    For example, I don't want to see an adult alien soldier attacking the UPP commandos in the beginning.  They should only find the egg growing out of Bishop's entrails.

    I'd have to go peak, but didn't that thing have like four arms or something? There was something off about that adult alien.

    They were attacked by a face hugger, and the guy that was hugged was blown out the airlock... yet somehow two adult aliens were on board the Sulaco when it docked at Anchorpoint.

    Mum must've taken a couple of kids with her on board the dropship.

    "Buckle up kids. We're going for a ride"

     ;D

    That or David put them there with his epic gag reflex of doom.
  20. Prez
    For example, I don't want to see an adult alien soldier attacking the UPP commandos in the beginning.  They should only find the egg growing out of Bishop's entrails.

    I'd have to go peak, but didn't that thing have like four arms or something? There was something off about that adult alien.

    They were attacked by a face hugger, and the guy that was hugged was blown out the airlock... yet somehow two adult aliens were on board the Sulaco when it docked at Anchorpoint.

    Mum must've taken a couple of kids with her on board the dropship.

    "Buckle up kids. We're going for a ride"

     ;D
  21. KiramidHead
    For example, I don't want to see an adult alien soldier attacking the UPP commandos in the beginning.  They should only find the egg growing out of Bishop's entrails.

    I'd have to go peak, but didn't that thing have like four arms or something? There was something off about that adult alien.

    They were attacked by a face hugger, and the guy that was hugged was blown out the airlock... yet somehow two adult aliens were on board the Sulaco when it docked at Anchorpoint.
  22. Kailem
    I read the first draft of the Gibson screenplay the other night after seeing this news and it was certainly interesting. There were several things I liked and several I didn't, but I really like the idea of adapting one of those unmade scripts in comic form.

    I'll give the second draft a read soon, I'm looking forward to seeing how it compares to the first. If it's more stripped-down and potentially filmable then yeah I'd imagine this will probably be an adaptation of the first draft, since that one is certainly pretty big and action-packed.
  23. Local Trouble
    I'm afraid that Dark Horse will adapt the first draft because it has more action.  I also seem to recall that the second draft was written precisely because the first draft would have been too expensive to film.  That's not really a problem for a comic book though.

    I wouldn't mind an adaptation that combines the best of both drafts.
  24. Denton Smalls
    The scene in Gibson's draft (I think both?) of...

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