The story of Alien 3’s time spent in pre-production purgatory is legendary; what followed was a frustrating shoot mired by near-constant studio interference to the extent that young director David Fincher quit before the film was even finished. What isn’t widely known, however, is that a brilliant script was commissioned from William Gibson in 1987, one that saw Hicks (Michael Biehn) and Bishop (Lance Henriksen) caught in a Cold War conflict where the xenomorphs become metaphors for nuclear and biological weapons. It also included the emergence of a “New Beast”, one that literally rips its host in half upon being birthed. Take that, you wimpy chestbursters!
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Horror fans may not recognize the name William Gibson, but sci-fi fans regard the author of Neuromancer as the founder of the wildly successful Cyberpunk subgenre. The folks at Vulture.com just released an amazing article, The Secret History of William Gibson’s Never-Filmed Aliens Sequel, that’s a must read for fans of the Alien franchise. It’s a fascinating window into what could have been, containing amazingly coincidental parallels to themes explored in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (and presumably, Alien: Covenant, hitting theaters this Friday).
Here’s an excerpt from Vulture.com:
There’s an alternate universe where the series’ propulsive momentum only increased [after James Cameron’s Aliens in 1986] — a reality in which the third Alien film featured advanced xenomorphs exploding in batches of half a dozen from people’s legs, stomachs, and mouths; where cold-warring rival space stations of communists and capitalists race to outdo one another with their genetic experiments on the aliens’ tissue; where a flock of the phallic horrors flies through the void of space, only to be beaten back by a gun-toting robot. Oh, and there’s a thing called the New Beast that emerges from and sheds a shrieking human’s body as it “rips her face apart in a single movement, the glistening claws coming away with skin, eyes, muscle, teeth, and splinters of bone.”
“FADE IN: DEEP SPACE — THE FUTURE” reads the script’s opening. “The silent field of stars — eclipsed by the dark bulk of an approaching ship.” This is the Sulaco, the military transport ship from Aliens, now bearing 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.
Below, check out the latest trailer, synopsis, and poster for Alien: Covenant, invading US Theaters this Friday, May 19th.
Official Synopsis: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.