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Dark Horse Announces New Comic Series, Alien: The Original Screenplay!

Following on from 2019’s adaptation of William Gibson’s second draft of Alien 3, Dark Horse has just announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that 2020 will see them adapting another unused Alien film script. However, it’s not going to be tackling another Alien 3 (sorry folk, no visualize of Eric Red’s take), Dark Horse are turning their sights back to the very start; back to Dan O’Bannon’s Alien – formerly known as Starbeast!

The adaptation of O’Bannon’s screenplay comes courtesy of Cristiano Seixas and Guilherme Balbi and follows in the footsteps of Dark Horse’s successful 2018 series, William Gibson’s Alien 3, which adapted the original screenplay for David Fincher’s third movie in the series, restoring material excised in the final version of the script.

Seixas and Balbi’s five-issue miniseries similarly follows O’Bannon’s original version of events, heavily rewritten by Walter Hill and David Giler before production, and is described simply by the publisher as “an alternate line of events.” Among the differences? In the very first version of the story, the spaceship isn’t the Nostromo but the Snark…

 Dark Horse Announces New Comic Series, Alien: The Original Screenplay!

Cristiano Seixas has taken up scripting duties for Dark Horse’s newest adaptation and Guilherme Balbi will be providing the visuals. Seixas has not working within the Alien universe before, but Balbi has previously worked on the Predator side where he did the pencils for A Predatory Life, the prequel comic to Predators that focused on Royce. You can see some of his work for Alien: The Original Screenplay below!

 Dark Horse Announces New Comic Series, Alien: The Original Screenplay!

The new series is due to make it’s debut on the 22nd of April, just days before 2020’s Alien Day! I’m not going to lie, I certainly wasn’t expecting this but I’m excited none-the-less!

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  1. Prez
    Publisher's summary would seem to indicate they will indeed be using alternate Alien designs.

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    An all new Alien with an all new Alien!

    En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins...

    Also note the use of Snark for the ship.

    I remember after reading my brothers' making of Alien book in the early 80s, drawing a ship at school and calling it Snark. My friends never got the reference  ;D
  2. HuDaFuK
    Publisher's summary would seem to indicate they will indeed be using alternate Alien designs.

    Quote
    An all new Alien with an all new Alien!

    En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins...

    Also note the use of Snark for the ship.
  3. Immortan Jonesy
    Not seen this shared yet: Issue #1 variant cover by Walt Simonson (who of course did the original Alien adaptation comic).

    https://d2lzb5v10mb0lj.cloudfront.net/covers/300/30/3007457.jpg

    Dark Horse's site won't let me share a bigger version but you can see it by going here: https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/3007-457/Alien-The-Original-Screenplay-1-Walter-Simonson-Variant-Cover#prettyPhoto

    The new Jockey look great so far.  :o
  4. Perfect-Organism
    I'd like to see them collaborate with Gibson and create a sequel to his Alien 3 from scratch. That ending is just begging for a follow up.

    Ya.  I’m open to the series going in a hundred different directions.  Pretty tired of the silly fight over people’s differing opinions on the future of the series in terms of what’s canon.  The best thing about the Aliens series is the idea that you don’t know where the alien things come from or what they will lead to.  Once you know these things, the magic vanishes.  So take it in different directions I say.  Be brave about it, and abandon the idea of Canon.  That’s for kids’ films like Star Wars.  As long as any story paths are internally consistent then it’s all good.
  5. Kradan
    I hope that bad boy'll make an appearance !

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-IQ5SMQFWeWM%2FUaUd-uRZE9I%2FAAAAAAAAdAs%2FWZL-tPqgC7A%2Fs1600%2Fku-medium.jpg&hash=0b9ef943fb4fd44c9271e0785c2fa40b

    https://external-preview.redd.it/Uf-GtyTL_SdTfnIH2tOpmoK4Yx_cLdbsDChvRB8vCzE.jpg?auto=webp&s=fc3551527084194a0262206177deae4e81e5581a

    Also, is it just me or this early Alien's design resembles this guy ?

    https://www.ziher.hr/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/mm.jpg
  6. Prez
    I've found far more enjoyment on a second visit to Christmas' adaptation after listening to the Dirk Magg's audio drama. It ironed out a few confusing parts in the graphic novel. I still would've liked one more issue to be honest as it did feel a tad rushed in that final one.
  7. Corporal Hicks
    The fault for the lackluster script laid in Gibson but Christmas is guilty of giving us bland artwork, devoid of atmosphere and originality. This new comic at least appears to be well-designed and atmospheric. I'm hyped up about experiencing the Alien story using completely different visuals.

    I disagree that the artwork was bland. The panels conveyed plenty of movement and the characters were quite expressive. The coloring was a bit too bright and a darker palette would’ve improved the atmosphere but Christmas wasn’t responsible for the colors.

    I didn't care for his space ship designs, but otherwise Christmas' work was great.

    Agreed. Though I very much agree with Xiggz on the colours. I would have also liked him to have tried to jazz up the Uzi's like they jazzed up the Pulse Rifle. But it's all kinda small.
  8. Russ840
    The highly talented artist embraces the canon like none  :o

    https://i.imgur.com/iCuNPQT.jpg

    Where is this from?

    It is a work of Tristan Jones. He wanted to make a sequel for the game Alien: Isolation in the form of a graphic novel.


    Thanks. But I can see it’s Tristan. I wondered when the actual piece is from?
  9. Xiggz456
    The fault for the lackluster script laid in Gibson but Christmas is guilty of giving us bland artwork, devoid of atmosphere and originality. This new comic at least appears to be well-designed and atmospheric. I'm hyped up about experiencing the Alien story using completely different visuals.

    I disagree that the artwork was bland. The panels conveyed plenty of movement and the characters were quite expressive. The coloring was a bit too bright and a darker palette would’ve improved the atmosphere but Christmas wasn’t responsible for the colors.
  10. Whiskeybrewer
    My argument against an Engineers adaptation was that it wasn't different enough from the movie we ultimately got to make it seem worth it - but I guess that went out the window with the announcement of this one :laugh:

    So yeah, f*ck it, why not. I quite like that script.

    I'd like for them to mainly follow Engineers, with a few of the clean ups from  01 Genesis. As long as they keep the space station over the Amsterdam office. :laugh:

    Then again, I wanted the Gibson Alien III comic to mix up elements of the two drafts, but they just straight adapted the second.  :-\

    Agreed on that one. Just a few elements brought over from Genesis would work

    I'd like for them to mainly follow Engineers, with a few of the clean ups from  01 Genesis.

    I've never actually read the Genesis draft. Another one to add to the list.

    You should listen to the SA episode I did with Kiramidhead on those
  11. Kane's other son
    The fault for the lackluster script laid in Gibson but Christmas is guilty of giving us bland artwork, devoid of atmosphere and originality. This new comic at least appears to be well-designed and atmospheric. I'm hyped up about experiencing the Alien story using completely different visuals.
  12. Russ840
    I think Christmas did a great job adapting Gibson's second draft.  Like Hicks says, its what he was hired to do.

    Would i change anything about it ?

     Now that i have read it a few times and love the hardcover, i have grown to love it and would not change a thing.  there are a few unclear bits in there with regards to panel layouts and what not but i think that those issues actually go well with the unrefined feel of the second draft.

    I find the whole package rather charming.
  13. KiramidHead
    My argument against an Engineers adaptation was that it wasn't different enough from the movie we ultimately got to make it seem worth it - but I guess that went out the window with the announcement of this one :laugh:

    So yeah, f*ck it, why not. I quite like that script.

    I'd like for them to mainly follow Engineers, with a few of the clean ups from  01 Genesis. As long as they keep the space station over the Amsterdam office. :laugh:

    Then again, I wanted the Gibson Alien III comic to mix up elements of the two drafts, but they just straight adapted the second.  :-\
  14. HuDaFuK
    My argument against an Engineers adaptation was that it wasn't different enough from the movie we ultimately got to make it seem worth it - but I guess that went out the window with the announcement of this one :laugh:

    So yeah, f*ck it, why not. I quite like that script.
  15. HuDaFuK
    I really hope they use some of the early creature designs in this, because otherwise it does seem a little unnecessary to do what is basically just a slightly earlier draft of the exact same story - and I say that despite really looking forward to this one.
  16. SM
    The basic story is the same - there's just more of it (eg. a ship and a pyramid).

    It's certainly not completely different like Alien 3 and the Gibson script.
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