In space, no one can hear you politicking.
Back in the 80s, Fox approached William Gibson to pen a script for Alien 3. He came up with his own version of the sci-fi horror story where his cyberpunk vision and political undertones came into play.
To sum it up, the Sulaco crew are intercepted by a nation called the Union of Progressive Peoples who populate a much larger country-sized space station. The nation itself has internal political struggles between governments, which involves them fighting control over the xenomorph as a biological weapon to turn the tide of war. Apart from the inevitable happening -xenomorphs outbreak, a lot of people dying, you know the drill- Gibson’s script touches upon the moral and sociological implications concerning said struggle.
Much like how James Cameron took Aliens in a slightly different direction, so too would Gibson with this Alien story. Unfortunately, Fox Studios canned that idea and went with a more traditional-if-flawed approach. The Gibson Alien movie became the stuff of legends, so much so that the script will be getting a comic book series adaptation thanks to Dark Horse Comics.
According to a CBR report, artist Johnnie Christmas will be doing the art. The series is slated for a 7 November release. Gibson stated in that same report that he would never have thought that his script would come to fruition.
“When your first contracted screenplay (or screenplay of any kind, in my case) isn’t produced, but the film is eventually made with a different screenplay, retaining nothing of yours but a barcode tattoo on the back of a character’s neck, the last thing you ever expect is to see yours beautifully adapted and realized, decades later, in a different medium, by an artist of Johnnie Christmas’ caliber.
It’s a wonderful experience, and I have no doubt that Johnnie’s version, which adheres almost entirely to the script, delivers more of my material to the audience than any feature film would have been likely to do.”
Sounds exciting, eh? Here are some pages from the upcoming adaptation.