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Updated: 2019’s Alien Audio Drama Is William Gibson’s Alien 3!

I think it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Audible’s Alien audio dramas and I’ve been waiting (im)patiently for news of this years audio drama for the last month. Dirk Maggs and Audible have already finished adapting Titan’s first trilogy so were they moving onto the Rage War? Or perhaps the incredibly well-received The Cold Forge by Alex White?

Nope! Dirk Maggs and Audible are releasing an adaptation of William Gibson’s Alien 3, starring Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen themselves!

Unfortunately the product page being linked to seems to have been taken down, so further details are currently unknown. Is it the first draft? The second draft? Who are the rest of the cast? We’re going to have to wait until Alien Day for the official announcement.

 2019's Alien Audio Drama Is William Gibson's Alien 3!

William Gibson’s Alien 3 has been getting some extra love lately. Dark Horse Comics recently wrapped up a 5 issue adaptation of the script by Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillain. The collected edition is due for release in July. We recently interviewed Johnnie about his work on the series for the podcast so check back in a few weeks for that!

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Update 21/04/2019 – The product page is available to view on the American Audible website. There’s no release date just yet but this includes the synopsis and the cast listing:

Audible is bringing William Gibson’s lost Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien Franchise.

Alongside a full cast Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.

Father of cyberpunk, William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online.

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation – directed by the multi award-winning Dirk Maggs, is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.

We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone….

Staring: Tom Alexander , Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Lance Henriksen, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham, Rebecca Yeo

Update #2 21/04/2019 – William Gibson’s Alien 3 audio drama will be releasing on the 30th of May!



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  1. Russ840
    Preordered.

    The cast list on amazon uk makes no mention of Lance Henriksen.

    They're there, though. Main two names on the cover.

    Speaking of the cover, that's gotta be the alien
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)

    There are no names on the cover apart from Gibson and Maggs, as far as I can see.
  2. Monster Man
    Here's hoping Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their roles.

    It's been confirmed they will.  :)

    Damn that's awesome. The people who make these audiobooks have a lot of pull with their casting like having Rutger Hauer in Out of the Shadows to Colin Salmon in River of Pain.

    I’ll be honest in saying I often prefer the ‘what ifs’ over so-called ‘canon’...You eventually get sick about the same infestations and Colonial Marines coming in to fix it fan-fiction...It truly gets boring.

    Check out Vincent Ward’s “The Navigator” and then read his script to give you an inkling of what it might be like.

    If Giger was still around...he’d still be amazed his art was still relevent.

    I love you all...



    I agree with you on this. Perhaps this all comes from not being so constrained by what's 'canon' and allowed to go crazy.

    Also speaking of Vincent Ward, here's a visualization of his script for Alien³ -- http://vincentwardfilms.com/project/concepts/alien-3/graphic-novel-in-8-parts/part-1/#
  3. Glaive
    I’ll be honest in saying I often prefer the ‘what ifs’ over so-called ‘canon’...You eventually get sick about the same infestations and Colonial Marines coming in to fix it fan-fiction...It truly gets boring.

    Check out Vincent Ward’s “The Navigator” and then read his script to give you an inkling of what it might be like.

    If Giger was still around...he’d still be amazed his art was still relevent.

    I love you all...
  4. HuDaFuK
    You should give the previous dramas from Audible a go.

    I'm not a fan of regular audiobooks - I'd far rather read the book myself - but these dramas are much more than someone just narrating the novel.
  5. cloverfan98
    This is so awesome sounding I can't wait to hear this! It'd essentially be the same as a straight up adaptation of the original comics but I'd love to hear an audio drama based on the Aliens Vs. Predator The Hunt script.
  6. Glaive
    I’m pretty sure the sum-total of Ripley’s ‘lines’ in (at least the first draft) was ...

    ”ARGGGGHHHHHH!.....”

    Also, and I MUST be a masochist, any word on Eric Red’s script turning up in either comic or audiobook form?

    It’s truly awful, but I’d like to see/ hear it...if only for that ridiculous ending...
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