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Sun May 21, 2017, 10:29 AM

The Secret History of William Gibsons Never-Filmed Aliens Sequel

One of the many problems with Alien 3 was its lack of escalation. The first film in the franchise, Ridley Scott’s Alien, was a claustrophobic monster movie about a small group of underqualified people trying to escape a murderous creature. The sequel, James Cameron’s action masterpiece Aliens, opened up the concept by adding a squad of soldiers, a massive space colony, and — as the title suggested — more than one bad beast. Then 1992’s Alien 3, the directorial debut of a young David Fincher, was … a claustrophobic monster movie about a small group of underqualified people trying to escape a murderous creature. One chest burst forward, two chest bursts back.

But there’s an alternate universe where the series’ propulsive momentum only increased — 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.”

This is the alternate universe where legendary science-fiction writer William Gibson’s Alien III (that’s “III,” not “3”) screenplay was realized. It is, perhaps, a better world than ours. There would have been bold, weird, new ideas that pushed the series forward; ones that rethought what the aliens could be metaphors for — nuclear weapons, genetic intellectual property held by shadowy corporations, pandemics. Geeks would have gotten the thrill of seeing one of the all-time-great sci-fi concepts interpreted by one of the genre’s greatest scribes. And yet, not only was the script never produced, it’s largely been forgotten.


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Sun May 21, 2017, 10:42 AM

1. I read "Heavy Metal" magazine BITD.

They started talking about this "Alien" movie coming out soon, I saw it the day it opened, WOW!.

Going to see the new one tonight, there's also another direction coming in the series, by the director of "District 9" and others.

James Cameron had written another episode to film, they came out with "Alien VS Predator" he stated that when that happened he was disgusted they had gone all "Dracula VS Frankenstein/Wolfman" and would ruin the concept so he quit his efforts.

I wonder what it was about?, he still has his next screenplay already written.

Best horror movie franchise ever.

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Sun May 21, 2017, 11:12 AM

2. 'Alien' and 'Aliens' were great - 2nd best sequel ever! (Godfather 2, right?)

3 and 4 had some moments and some 'interesting' sub-plots, but were nothing approaching the quality of the first two.

Now, 'Prometheus' and 'Covenant' have raised some intriguing origin theories and ever-improving effects. I think they have been good prequels to the first two.

The 'Alien vs Predator' movies were just plain fun sci-fi/horror entertainment!

I don't know if Gibson's story holds up to Ridley Scott or James Cameron quality, but it would have fit into that universe.

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Sun May 21, 2017, 12:32 PM

3. Alien

I saw the first Alien movie with my sister. We both nearly ended up under the theater seats. I loved it! Aliens was just as good. The third one was just sad. Alien Resurrection was pretty damn good (never forget that basketball shot!) Rather liked Alien vs Predator, with our worthy heroine in the same mold as Ripley.

Can't wait to see the latest!

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