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William Gibson's Alien 3

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This is the official adaptation of the original screenplay for Alien 3, written by William Gibson, the award-winning science fiction author of the cyberpunk cult classic Neuromancer. You'll see familiar characters and places--but not all is the same in this horrifying Cold War thriller!

After the deadly events of the film Aliens, the spaceship Sulaco carrying the sleeping b
Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Dark Horse Books
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Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'll give this an extra star just because this is a fantastic idea, to turn unproduced screenplays that fans would love to read as comic books. As a long time fan of the Alien franchise, I was really excited to read this. Alien 3 is not a very good movie, even with David Fincher behind it. I will say this script has absolutely nothing to do with the Fincher movie. It's a completely different direction.

This story has a lot of issues. At the time, the studio told Gibson to sideline Ripley so she's
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty dissapointing Aliens story. No Ripley slow plotting and weird aliens that aren't the aliens. Kinda see why this wasnt made into a film ...more
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

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Following the incredible success of both the original Alien (1979) movie directed by Ridley Scott and its sequel Aliens (1986) directed by James Cameron, it was only a matter of time before another project was set loose at the box office to further explore the horrifying world filled with xenomorphs. Unfortunately, the third installment knew more problems than mankind could ever deal with, as issues during production arose from left and right, s
ALIEN 3 is a 1992 American science fiction horror film directed by David Fincher and written by David Giler, Walter Hill and Larry Ferguson from a story by Vincent Ward. It stars Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley and is the third film installment in the Alien franchise.

In September 1987, Giler and Hill approached cyberpunk author William Gibson to write the script for the third film the Alien Franchise. Gibson by his own admission was a big Alien fanboy wanted to do his thing
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Good call on not picking this up for the third movie, its not a bad horror story, but its certainly not Alien material. There's some major flaws here, some that could even ruin the franchise in the process, for one there's the new Alien transformation, which makes absolutely no sense, its like Gibson didn't even watched the previous movies, the red-eyed Alien was totally random, and not using Ripley for the entirety of the story, goddamn... she's the main hero of the original series dude, you do ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The complete review with pictures can be found here:

William Gibson's Alien 3 graphic novel is basically a story board for the never completed third sequel in the Alien movie franchise.

I'll be honest, I rewatched the first Alien movie a couple years ago when it played at a local theater but I haven't seen the second one in probably 20 years. Yikes, I'm getting old.

I didn't expect to need to know everything from the first two movies to be able to enjoy th
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for the sequel that Aliens really deserved and there are moments in this, but it is still kind of a mess. Gibson says in an introduction that it was his first attempt at a screenplay and "work for hire," and he does a pretty good job, but there are some weird things here that just don't fit with the earlier iterations of the story (such as the alien lifecycle, which is quite a bit different this time out). Also, it's quite strange that Ripley is not really present at all, other than ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will admit that this book has been a bit of a legend to me - and I guess from reading the preface and the comments it seems the same to a number of others too.

As I have said before Aliens was one of those films that is heavily connected to my time at University. So to know that William Gibson was commissioned to write a sequel to it - and one that continues the story so perfectly has always intrigued me.

Yes knowledge of this story exiting has been circulating for a while but apart from a few
JL Shioshita
So a few things - I'm a big fan of William Gibson, Neuromancer is one of my favorite books and I love the Alien franchise (give or take a few movies in there). I'm in the minority, but I also like the Alien 3 we got in theaters. I understand people's gripes with it, I miss Hicks and Newt too, but I watched the crap out of it in the 90s on a banged up VHS when my parents weren't looking and it holds a strange place in my heart. That being said, I always wanted to know what William Gibson's script ...more
Why is it that whenever a new chapter in the Alien saga is to be written there’s a need to change the creatures? The first movie portrayed a horrifying monster never seen before. In the second movie they suddenly had a queen. In the third the face huggers could infect more than one host, in the fourth they were cloned and we got a hybrid as well. And don’t get me started on the Aliens vs. Predator mess or *shudder* the Prometheus films.
We get the same crap here. Suddenly the Aliens can infect hu
The making of the film Alien 3 is arguably more interesting than the film itself. It went through so many variations, so many writers and directors were attached, multiple ideas were attempted and rejected that it's astounding (or completely unsurprising) that the final product was as lackluster as it was.

I really love the idea of going back to original scripts and publishing them, either as books or beautifully illustrated comics as has been done many times before. So, when I heard William Gibs
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved it. William Gibson wrote a great script based on the idea of limited to zero Ripley. Remember Alien 3 was a preproduction nightmare before it was a production nightmare, before it was a post production nightmare, overall nightmare. I have just discovered they are turning Dan O'Bannons Aliens script into a comic series. If anyone from Dark Horse reads this, I have some other unproduced film scripts below. As a film buff, this is an amazing idea.

Why the 5?

The whole Aliens coming from Bish
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be read and enjoyed as a piece of lost film history brought to life, rather than an attempt to reroute the franchise. Gibson's draft script is not the finished article but I still enjoyed the complexity he brings to the Alien-verse, and just like in his novels, the dialogue snaps. ...more
Graeme Dunlop
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is good. I believe I've only watched Alien 3 once; this feels more coherent than my memory of the film. It carries on directly from the end of Aliens. The USS Sulaco drifts into an area of space controlled by the UPP (the Union of Progressive Peoples, sort of Space Marxists). The board the Sulaco and guess what they find? Yep. Someone finds one of those. They also find and remove Bishop the android.

The UPP people leave and the ship then continues on to its destination, a research station. S
Gavin Waskett
William Gibson’s Alien 3

Okay so this isn’t the Hardback Collection, as that isn’t due out till August but the five individual comics that I’ve saved up to read in one go.

Now, I’m a self-confessed Alien fan, Aliens is probably my favourite movie of all time and I’ve been waiting for this graphic version since it was announced and waiting for William Gibson’s Alien 3 for even longer. Though I would’ve preferred to see his first draft brought to life which was much more like Aliens than Alien.

Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, just the story itself that Gibson came up with is pretty unremarkable, a pretty dry continuation of Aliens but with fewer characters, and an additional political angle. What's surprising is how it actually docks Ripley for 95% of the action. No wonder it wasn't used. Fincher's story was more interesting, even if it was considered mega-dark just for doing away with Newt. But even the adaptation is lacking in places. For one thing some of the characters look too much alike, even in t ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was a bit confusing and the characters had a few solutions that were a little too convenient. Still, I found this to be a lot of fun. I liked seeing Bishop and Hicks more, kinda wish this was the script used for Alien 3.
Ryan Hixson
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Gibson's Alien 3 by William Gibson is a graphic novel based on screenplay version of Aliens 3 that did not get made that William Gibson did back in the early 90's. It is not a wonder it didn't get made since it barely has the character of Ellen Ripley, but that was his only note, Weaver did not like the idea of Aliens Vs. Predator and did not want to commit to another one for that matter; funnily enough when she did agree she asked that her character be killed for fear of using her for A ...more
John Wiswell
Expanding the Alien universe is a struggle. The first film was one of the greatest Horror films ever made and was a breath of fresh air in its time; the second pivoted to Action and expanded the understanding of the creatures to their whole life cycle. How would you make a third story with expectations so high? To date attempt has successfully answered that. The xenomorphs are a legendary antagonist, and Ripley is a legendary hero. How would you continue their story?

In that context, William Gibs
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Our fave xenomorph is back, but there's no way Weyland-Yutani is gonna share it with those pesky space socialists, arms reduction treaty be damned!

Gibson explains in the intro that he was likely hired to cyberpunk-up the movie franchise, but when he failed to deliver on this angle, his screenplay was tossed. The third movie incorporated only his bar-code tattoo idea. Too bad.

The plot follows the standard formula, and it's good to see Bishop and Hicks reprise their roles. Newt and Ripley are larg
Abe Something
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the Aliens 3 we deserved.

Gibson gets into the futility/absurdity of the arms race that defines Weyland-Yutani, advances the possibility of alternate forms/mutations of the Xenomorph, further explores the characters of Bishop and Hicks while successfully saving Ripley for another adventure, and fully shifts the franchise into Kaiju territory.

It’s great. 4 stars because it feels a bit rushed toward the end. No loose ends, but needs to be about 20 pages longer to breathe some more.
Entertaining. But not as much fun, or as good as I’d hoped it might be. It’s interesting though to see how many plot threads and concepts ended up in the fourth film, Alien Resurrection (1997).
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Steve Portigal
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a recent graphic novel adaptation of Gibson's "lost" script for Aliens 3, almost (?) entirely discarded by the time the final film was produced. It's not as confusing as the film but it's quite confusing. The narrative moves between two different groups/locations but I was unclear which one was which. And the action was often confusingly illustrated so it was difficult to understand exactly what was happening. It feels a lot like an Alien movie (one reviewer also said this, but distingui ...more
Alan Teder
Companion Piece to Alien III: Audible Original Drama
Review of the Dark Horse Books graphic novel edition/adaptation (2019) of the unproduced William Gibson screenplay (1987)

This Dark Horse graphic novel collects the material from the five floppy comic books William Gibson's Alien 3 #1 to William Gibson's Alien 3 #5 released earlier this year. It also includes a 2 page Introduction/Foreword by William Gibson which provides additional background about his original work on the screenplay. There is
Kristian Dobson
Dark Horse’s concept of reviving unused screenplays in an interesting idea and one I’m looking forward to reading more of.

Sadly, this particular one wasn’t very good. It had some nice ideas, and it’s very different to what the final Alien 3 film became which makes it a unique read, but it suffers from switching between too many faceless characters that it becomes a tad confusing. There are some changes to the Alien’s biology that are interesting but I’m glad that they were never carried over in
Edward Taylor
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading that there were nearly a dozen different versions of Alien 3 (The Failure of Alien 3) written, I had to try and find them. Some had never been made available but the first writer to try it in 1987 was William Gibson. Gibson, known for his dark and visceral depictions of a dystopian future where technology was invasive and near parasitic part of normal life (he is known for coining the term "cyberpunk"), it was thought that he would make an excellent addition to the universe (especi ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I still remember when I heard that William Gibson was writing the sequel to Aliens. It was the early 90's and I was still high on having finished the awesomeness that was Neuromancer and Count Zero (and Snow Crash, but that is a different author.) Could he bring the same kind of edgy cool that he brought to the cyberpunk genre? Alas, it was not to be, as Alien 3 as filmed went in a different direction. But this book gives us a chance to see what if...
The story begins much like the Alien 3 we kn
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to get a chance to see what Gibson's screenplay might have played out as but having read this it's obvious to me why it wasn't made. First off, Ripley is only technically in it and does nothing, Newt gets shipped off to Earth quickly and we're left with Hicks, who, without Michael Biehn's charisma and performance here is just a generic marine. Bishop is the only one who actually has character. The story starts off very promising and then goes the way of Alien Resurrection. Not to men ...more
Joey Nardinelli
Well this was kind of a bummer. The foreword by Gibson promises an original treatment for Alien 3 that espouses real love for the franchise but I feel like this narrative, as it ended up coming together in this comic, was actually a lot of retread territory already written out in the Alien EU. Some of the stuff with recombinant DNA felt similar to what we’ve seen in Scott’s last two films entries, for better or worse (it actually seems better explained in this graphic novel). I really wish the d ...more
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor

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