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William Gibson’s Alien 3 Comic Series Announced!

First teased by Dark Horse back on Alien Day, Comic Book Resource has just officially unveiled a brand new comic series based on William Gibson’s first draft of Alien 3! Gibson, who has generally been reluctant to talk about his work on the film, had this to say about the upcoming adaptation:

“When your first contracted screenplay (or screenplay of any kind, in my case) isn’t produced, but the film is eventually made with a different screenplay, retaining nothing of yours but a barcode tattoo on the back of a character’s neck, the last thing you ever expect is to see yours beautifully adapted and realized, decades later, in a different medium, by an artist of Johnnie Christmas’ caliber,” Gibson said in a statement released exclusively to CBR. “It’s a wonderful experience, and I have no doubt that Johnnie’s version, which adheres almost entirely to the script, delivers more of my material to the audience than any feature film would have been likely to do.”

 William Gibson's Alien 3 Comic Series Announced!

Like Dark Horse’s most recent Alien titles (Dead Orbit and Dust to Dust), William Gibson’s Alien 3 is written and illustrated by one talent: Johnnie Christmas of FIREBUG fame. Christmas has also worked with Dark Horse in the past, providing artwork for Angel Catbird and Murder Book.

Tamra Bonvillian will be providing colours for the series. You can check out the 5 page preview of their work in the first issue below!

The first issue (of five) of William Gibson’s Alien 3 is currently slated for release on the 7th of November. What do you think of the new series? Are you as excited as I am for this adaptation? Thanks to Whos_Nick for the link.

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  1. OpenMaw
    Briggs' script is actually very different to the comic. The setting is a jungle canopy with lot's of swamp, instead of the dry desert. The characters have almost completely different roles except for Machiko. The interactions between Alien and Predator are all completely different. The relationship between Broken Tusk and Machiko, though ultimately the same, is setup and plays out very differently until the end. There is one description in the script that basically says the aliens are using all the wild life to generate new variations we've never seen before. The entire young queen being born in the hive... Lot's of shit.

    In my Oasis project I actually lifted some of the redneck stuff. I love when science fiction mixes in a bit of that southern flavor. Ties in nicely with the frontiersmen spirit of space.

    As to Vincent Ward's script, it already has a (partially finished) graphic story on his website:

    I hope that get's finished someday, the art is beautiful. Very evocative of the religious imagery that no doubt inspired Ward's direction.

    I know, everybody thinks the wooden planet is bat shit, but I think if Ward had been given a chance to actually see that project through to the end it would have been a far more special piece than what we ultimately got, which was choice cuts from his story with the more conventional "prison planet" grafted into place. 

    By no means would it have been a mainstream hit. Hell no. I think Fox pretty much knew that it had doomed the project.

    Gibson's Alien III was the most sensible of all the proposals. For me the idea of seeing all the Soviet-inspired space stuff would have been so much fun. It's one of things I love about 2010, seeing that big ol' industrial space ship. Or seeing Cherno in Pacific Rim. Something about that Cold War inspired imagery is just really fun.

    Not to mention, thematically, it's doing what a natural progression from Alien and Aliens should be doing. Expanding on the themes and narrative threads. This isn't just one corporation being greedy, this is an interstellar cold war. This isn't just about Ripley, this is about the whole of the human race now being put on the line.

    Plus, the original Alien is still there, and it has one of my favorite reveals in any of the old scripts. Hiding amidst a piece of machinery, blending in, unseen, until it stirs...
  2. skull-splitter
    Peter Briggs' AVP would be neat to see as a comic (especially if he can remember what was different in the second draft :laugh:) Might be a bit too similar to the first AVP series though.

    A comic based on a script that was based on a comic.
    Briggs managed to alter quite a few things. I've read it about ten years ago, should read it again, but there where more suspenseful scenes as I remember...
  3. HuDaFuK
    Peter Briggs' AVP would be neat to see as a comic (especially if he can remember what was different in the second draft :laugh:) Might be a bit too similar to the first AVP series though.
  4. OpenMaw
    The probability that we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past is probably fairly high.

    The Cold War went far better than any intellectuals and academics expected. The constant unrelenting fear of total annihilation, which we somehow managed to avoid and beat the odds. I can only hope we repeat those mistakes that kept us alive.

    As to whether it was instantly dated or not... I mean... This is the Alien franchise. All three of the original films are of their time. James Cameron laughs at the USCM tech remarking "we thought we were being so high tech." Even though, to give the film some credit the idea of using computers to operate robotic sentries is actually very of the now. And of course in Alien 3 the phrase "terminal with audio capabilities" makes me laugh a little every time.

    It's actually one of the things I love about the original films. Big bulky old school analog technology. There's something really satisfying and meaty about it.

  5. Huggs
    Seeing as how this is not some purely original endeavor, but an actual unused movie script for the franchise, I'm mostly interested to see what (if any) effect this will have on the future of the films. Most likely, the effects will be negligible. But I'm hoping somebody in a decent position will be paying attention, should this receive a positive reception. It's time Hollywood got back to making actual Alien films again.

    Don't get me wrong, I've come to appreciate the prequels quite a bit. Yes, even covenant for what it tried to be. But the 5-7 year wait for these kind of films is just too long a time span to waste on underwhelming products that can't quite figure out where they were going in the first place.
  6. Perfect-Organism
    Yes, I agree.  Thinking about this has just given me a new way of looking at the Alien series.  Many have been arguing about what is canon and what is not canon.  Should Alien films be retconned or not?  I propose to just let it go and accept the Alien series as an exploration of alternate possibilities.  None of which would be intended to be more valid or real than the other.  It's fiction!  I think that the core kernel of the series is Alien and possibly Aliens, and then as time goes by it would be awesome to see different takes on not just where those films' stories could continue, but also completely different interpretations of what the aliens and the space jockeys are.

    This way, Alien 3 is valid, Blomkamp's film is valid, Gibson's script is valid, etc...
  7. Local Trouble
    You know, the original Dark Horse series by Mark Verheiden could very easily be adapted as a sequel to this comic...

    Does it follow Gibsons plot then?

    No, but it doesn't necessarily conflict with it either.  The original series could easily be modified to accommodate "the Anchorpoint incident" without a major rewrite of the adventures of Hix & Noot.

    Was the "Puta Madre" quote in the script? That is not Russian, hehe. But maybe the UPP was not specifically Russian.

    They were a commando squad consisting of Russian, Vietnamese and Cuban commies.  Supposedly, the UPP is a global bloc of anti-corporatist nations (a concept which could still work in the future of the Alienverse, IMO).
  8. Perfect-Organism
    I cannot speak for Dark Horse, but I can speak for their business logic.  If you buy all the single issues and the TPB, and a high number of people do the same, leading to reprints, then there is a clear indication of a demand for these sort of alternate script adaptations.  If that is the case, then the likelihood of other alternate scripts being adapted increases accordingly.
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