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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. HuDaFuK
    Quote from: Stitch on Jun 09, 2019, 08:18:18 PM
    Spoiler
    It did have a normal alien. The one on the UPP ship is a normal one.

    The whole point of the 'infection' was because it was genetically modified by scientists at anchorpoint.
    [close]

    Spoiler
    I've not listened to much of the drama yet, but from my memory of the script the opposite is actually said - the U.P.P. tinker with the Aliens they breed on Rodina and they're specifically described as being altered because of it. Conversely it's never said the Anchorpoint crew are similarly messing with their DNA, merely studying it. Instead the Aliens there suddenly develop this airborne pathogen reproductive cycle seemingly on their own.

    The only O.G. Alien in the story is the one on the Sulaco, that comes out of Kurtz, then later gets on Anchorpoint and has the showdown with the "newbreed" Alien at the end.

    Of course, maybe they changed all that in the drama.
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  2. Nostromo
    Ok that makes good sense.
    Spoiler
    Messing around with that dna should cause that. Must have fallen asleep and missed that part when continuing. Thanks for pointing it out. I'll probably listen to it again at some point.
    [close]

    Fox might have thought it was a risky pitch back in the day?
  3. Stitch
    Quote from: Nostromo on Jun 09, 2019, 01:17:59 PM
    Interesting take on this. Loved the voice overs and story. Setting was excellent, characters were ok too.

    Spoiler
    I didn't like the touch this and your infected concept. Interesting how much it resembles Covenant in that aspect. I mean the way infection spreads is too much like a Zombie/Res Evil or The Thing movie.

    It completely changes the whole Alien concept.. Had it just had normal Aliens abducting people and transforming them via facehuggers it would have been better I thought. Since there was no Alien queen, eggmorphing could have been used brilliantly here.

    But I guess there's no action involved with that so bring out the hybrid crap.

    Well this gets a nice 7.5/10 but much higher if again
    ..no hybrids. Hybrids are the lazy way out.
    [close]
    Spoiler
    It did have a normal alien. The one on the UPP ship is a normal one.

    The whole point of the 'infection' was because it was genetically modified by scientists at anchorpoint.

    If you didn't like it, it, won't change that, but it at least there's a reason behind it, and it isn't trying to replace the original.
    [close]
  4. Nostromo
    Interesting take on this. Loved the voice overs and story. Setting was excellent, characters were ok too.

    Spoiler
    I didn't like the touch this and you're infected concept. Interesting how much it resembles Covenant in that aspect. I mean the way infection spreads is too much like a Zombie/Res Evil or The Thing movie.

    It completely changes the whole Alien concept.. Had it just had normal Aliens abducting people and transforming them via facehuggers it would have been better I thought. Since there was no Alien queen, eggmorphing could have been used brilliantly here.

    But I guess there's no action involved with that so bring out the hybrid crap.

    Well this gets a nice 7.5/10 but much higher if again
    ..no hybrids. Hybrids are the lazy way out.
    [close]
  5. Nostromo
    I'm really liking the audible while I'm waiting for the TPB. This had a nice tone and world building potential kind of like Isolation/Defiance/Resistance has now. Just 25 years earlier. Pretty cool stuff, I wonder if this story could have expanded or did it feel a bit too much like Star Trek with the factions to the producers then?

    Really liking the voice overs, all voices actually, and that subtle background sound/music. Really well done audible. 1/3 done only, trying not to finish it so fast.
  6. Prez
    Just finished listening to it. I really enjoyed it - I would've loved a longer runtime (given how spoilt we were with Magg's other productions) but this for me complimented the comic so well. It cleared up a bit of the confusion I felt reading the comic as well.

    Great to hear Mike and Lance again too.
  7. Stitch
    Quote from: The Old One on Jun 02, 2019, 11:18:58 PM
    I was actually expecting more "the X we should've got" surrounding the reviews for it,
    but a pleasant surprise it is that this is the first time I've actually encountered the sentiment.
    I still prefer the Alien 3 that was released in 1992, but I'm very glad that this has had both a comic and audiobook release. It's had a lot more love given to it than I'd have expected from Fox.
  8. The Old One
    I was actually expecting more "the X we should've got" surrounding the reviews for it,
    but a pleasant surprise it is that this is the first time I've actually encountered the sentiment.
  9. Xiggz456
    Just finished listening and I really enjoyed this! Between this and the comic, Gibson's Alien 3 has truly been realized. Maggs did another fantastic job and after hearing this I'd be very interested in him adapting another comic series (Dead Orbit please). Here's to hoping the one a year trend continues!
  10. The Old One
    Now, c'mon- nobody believes that.  ;D

    'Tis a curiosity and nothing more.
    It's clearly based upon an outdated idea and the original creator's involvement is sorely lacking.
    The audiobook's superior to the comic for Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen alone though.
  11. Nostromo
    Yes great audiobook! 1/4 done. A much better story and cast than the other Alien 3 with imprisoned religious molesters running around screaming lol.

    PS>
    Spoiler
    Not sure about an egg being in bed with Bishop though.
    [close]
  12. Corporal Hicks
    I've listened to it through 1 and a bit times so far and I have to say I'm really enjoying it. Unfortunately, my main issue with Fox's flip out still exists in this version too but I absolutely love hearing this all come together! I especially enjoying hearing Biehn and Henriksen again. Biehn sounds way more into this than his work on Colonial Marines.

    I'm pretty keen to hear Laurel Lefkow take on Ripley in an adaptation of Ward/Fasano's script now.
  13. Russ840
    I swear i hear the clicking of the Neomorph  in the 'Hybrids' vocalisation.

    So i finished it yesterday and i love it. Biehn did a much better job hear than he did with colonial marines.

    Do you know. What we need now is a novelisation of this screenplay.  All tidied up and expanded to 500 page book.
  14. Monster Man
    How much involvement did William Gibson actually have for these things? Other than you know, writing the script long ago.

    Spoiler
    Listening to it now. The noises they use for the Hybrid are simply awesome. Upon hearing them my neck hairs stood up on end, it sounded like a mix of infrasound and something else vile.
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  15. Stitch
    Quote from: Huggs on May 30, 2019, 11:48:04 PM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on May 30, 2019, 11:29:48 AM
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&#39;Alien III&#39; Backstage pictures with Lance Henriksen and Michael Biehn and the unsung and ridiculously overqualified &#39;backing singer&#39; heroes of our LA recording sessions, the miraculous <a href="https://twitter.com/SimVan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SimVan</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/EKNOWELDEN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EKNOWELDEN</a> <a href="https://t.co/GEqdWrc7cp">pic.twitter.com/GEqdWrc7cp</a></p>— Dirk Maggs (@DirkMaggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/DirkMaggs/status/1134056796723785728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 30, 2019</a></blockquote>
    <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Henriksen-Maggs Staring Contest. I win. But he&#39;s softened up a bit since he was ripped in two. <a href="https://t.co/JyTvgWBPiT">pic.twitter.com/JyTvgWBPiT</a></p>— Dirk Maggs (@DirkMaggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/DirkMaggs/status/1134057313143332864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 30, 2019</a></blockquote>
    <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


    There is immense power emanating from that hair.
    It's where he hides his fountain of youth. Dude's 64!
  16. Huggs
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on May 30, 2019, 11:29:48 AM
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&#39;Alien III&#39; Backstage pictures with Lance Henriksen and Michael Biehn and the unsung and ridiculously overqualified &#39;backing singer&#39; heroes of our LA recording sessions, the miraculous <a href="https://twitter.com/SimVan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SimVan</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/EKNOWELDEN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EKNOWELDEN</a> <a href="https://t.co/GEqdWrc7cp">pic.twitter.com/GEqdWrc7cp</a></p>— Dirk Maggs (@DirkMaggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/DirkMaggs/status/1134056796723785728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 30, 2019</a></blockquote>
    <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Henriksen-Maggs Staring Contest. I win. But he&#39;s softened up a bit since he was ripped in two. <a href="https://t.co/JyTvgWBPiT">pic.twitter.com/JyTvgWBPiT</a></p>— Dirk Maggs (@DirkMaggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/DirkMaggs/status/1134057313143332864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 30, 2019</a></blockquote>
    <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>


    There is immense power emanating from that hair.
  17. Stitch
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on May 30, 2019, 06:29:47 PM
    Quote from: Stitch on May 30, 2019, 05:32:32 PMI've just listened to it again, whilst reading through the comics, and it's amazing just how abridged the comics are. No wonder I had trouble keeping up with what was going on when reading, there are huge chunks missing.

    The comic was actually fairly accurate to the script. Dirk Maggs says the drama's been expanded.
    I've just reread the script and, while the audio drama has been expanded and modified as is needed for an audio only format, I stand by my previous point.
    There are big chunks in the script and the  audio drama which are glossed over in the comic. There are also sections of the audio drama which completely miss out parts of the script which are shown in the comic.
    In general I find the audio drama flows better, and the comic feels condensed and a bit choppy.
  18. Stitch
    I've just listened to it again, whilst reading through the comics, and it's amazing just how abridged the comics are. No wonder I had trouble keeping up with what was going on when reading, there are huge chunks missing.
    The two combined do work really well together, and it's interesting to see what was cut from each version which was kept in the other.
  19. Stitch
    It's a bit odd in some ways. The beginning is like a dramatic audiobook but then it transitions into a normal audio drama like the rest of them.
    Could probably do without the Aliens recap at the beginning, but it's not bad. Henriksen's VO can be distracting at times, though, especially at the beginning. A lot of his sibilant sounds come out as whistles at the beginning, but if they had limited time to finish his parts, I imagine that's the reason why, and it would have been improved if they'd been able to.
    I shall definitely be giving it another listen in conjunction with reading the comic, to get a better audiovisual experience, as I feel it's a lot clearer what's going on in this than in the comic.
  20. Corporal Hicks
  21. Russ840
    Really.

    That's amazing that he can get it out tomorrow if he only finished yesterday. 

    Im so excited for this.

    Thanks for the insight Hicks


    That's a nice surprise.

    Just got the email that it's now available to download.

    Just did it. It's a lot shorter than the other Audio Dramas. It's 2hrs 16mins
  22. Huggs
    Quote from: Nostromo on May 22, 2019, 12:13:56 PM
    Hicks sounded a bit upset for making his character one that swears too much. He's right, his character was pretty calm and collective in Aliens. Pre-ordered the TPB and waiting for the audiobook to come out on Audible. Should be decent with him doing the talking.

    Being quiet and collected won't work well in an audio drama.

    It kind of hinges on dialogue and sound.
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