Movies get many penned scripts before one is chosen, and Aliens 3 (1992) is no exception. Writers submitted drafts for the sequel to Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986) only to have those drafts rejected and forgotten.
Now, fans of the franchise will get to see one of these visions come to life in an audio drama. According to Audible, the title of this audio experience is Alien III: An Audible Original Drama, and is meant as a celebration to “mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Alien Franchise”. Audible gives a teaser for the start of this tale:
The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship is 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….
William Gibson, best known for his novel Neuromancer, penned this Aliens 3 cult-status script with the character of Corporal Dwayne Hicks as the central star, played by Michael Biehn.
Alongside Biehn are a host of other voice actors: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes (Formula 51), Cliff Chapman (The Insignificance of Being Gwendolyn), Samantha Coughlan (Criminal), Ben Cura (Marcella), Dar Dash (Florence Foster Jenkins), Harry Ditson (Forgotten Man), Mairead Doherty, Graham Hoadly (Yahsi Bati), Lorelei King (Notting Hill), Laurel Lefkow (7 Days in Entebbe), Martin McDougall (11th Hour), Sarah Pitard (Chronicles of Syntax), Michael Roberts, David Seddon (Crooked House), Andrew James Spooner (Muppets Most Wanted), Siri Steinmo (Memory Man), Dai Tabuchi (47 Ronin), Keith Wickham, and Rebecca Yeo (Stan & Ollie).
Award-winning director Dirk Maggs (radio drama of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), who is widely known for evolving radio drama into full audio experiences known as “audio movies”, takes the helm for this production.
Alien III: An Audible Original Drama is meant for a May 30, 2019, release.
So, Alien franchise fans: what do you think of this news? Will this audio drama be a terrifying experience? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!