Adapted by author Pat Cadigan, this book is an adaptation of the unproduced screenplay for the troubled Alien 3, penned by William Gibson.
While David Fincher’s movie, which has been disowned by the director himself, is a stark contrast, this is very much a case of what if?
Gibson tells a very different tale. There are no prisons, skinhead Ripley or killing off of major characters from the previous film.
Barring fleeting mentions Ripley very much takes a backseat for this adventure, with Hicks and a reanimated Bishop taking the leads instead.
While both of their POV’s are interesting, you can’t help but feel there is a Ripley sized hole in the plot.
Gibson also plays with the mythos of the Xenomorphs and their larger counterparts, with the xeno’s able to gestate and expel from any part of the human body whilst the the big black aliens now literally become their human hosts through spores and then tear their way out of the bodies, making for some interesting and gory visuals.
Cadigan does well making this story feel at home in the Alien universe and while we may have seen some things before there is no denying this would have made a very interesting and potentially, polarising film.
Alien 3: The Unproduced Script by William Gibson – adapted by Pat Cadigan is available now from Titan Books.