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Publisher's Summary

Audible is bringing William Gibson’s uncovered Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien franchise.  

Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.   

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online. 

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience. 

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are 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....

Starring: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Lance Henriksen, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham, Rebecca Yeo.

©2019 20th Century Fox (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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it's a fun listen, but not an exceptional story

I'm glad it exists, and that I listened to it. I wish it were a better story, just wasn't a fan.

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Freakin' amazing.

i gotta say, they made a huge mistake not developing this script for Alien 3. in comparison to the movie they did make, this would have blow it out of the water, and made the franchise into something amazing.

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Nice additional to the full cast Alien series

good overall, story a little hard to follow given number of players but after 2 listens I was able to figure out the storyline.

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Hope they make more!

The Alien dramatized series is absolutely amazing! I have listened to each of them and am absolutely hooked. Hopefully they continue to produce them for years to come.

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Why was this never filmed?!

A taut, engaging story. The cast did a great job building the suspense and dread. Well done, and really added to the Alien universe.

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A better Alien movie?

What could have been. This was an interesting WHAT IF... take on a third Alien film instead of what we got in the films and Dark Horse comic series. Though both Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen are noticeably older, it was good hearing them as their beloved characters again.

The rest of the cast were very good and special mention to the actress who briefly played as Ellen Ripley. I thought that sound clips were used of Sigourney Weaver at first.

The evolution of the Alien propagation was very interesting and would have brought a new element of horror to the species. Coincidentally it would have aligned with Ridley Scott's vision in Prometheus when dealing with the bio-weapons of the species.
Definitely worth a listen for fans of the series.

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mixed up

story is totally different than alien 3 the movie. it's neat as an alternative story.. doesn't mesh with the where Aliens left off, or into the next book, and just leaves it all hanging out at the end.. its like listening to a movie with no picture. more context and some minor narration would have helped, at many moments I was listening to chaos and wondering what the heck was going on. Would be nice to see it as a movie. as an audiobook is was rather frustrating to listen to with the lack of contextual narration.

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This needs to be a movie!

What a travesty that this was not the movie we got. This had potential to be one of the strongest entries in the Alien saga. Instead the movie we got was one of the weakest.
Since alternate time lines are all the rage nowadays why not turn this script into an animated movie! It would be an instant hit!

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Glad this never became Alien 3

I’m a huge fan of the entire Alien franchise, and I didn’t really enjoy this story. The production by Audible was great as usual. The story on the other hand, was weak. Basic science movie plot. And Alien 3 without Ripley, just seems weird.

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loved it!

interesting alternative story to alien 3. Ripley is hardly there, but the other characters make a great story

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 2019-11-09

The movie that should have been!

I love the alien franchise and have passed that love onto my own children. My youngest son of 13 won’t read the books but loves the movies and listens to the audiobooks and audio dramas with me. I recently picked this one up and explained the background to him about this being the original movie script for aliens three that got scrapped...we listened to it while taking a few drives to run errands and one long trip to the coast to fish...he listened raptly and even jumped a few times in his seat...when it was done he gave it the best review that could be given: I wish they had made this movie instead of the prison one. It was awesome !

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  • Bonmot
  • 2019-06-30

Mediocre. Lost my attention several times.

Unmemorable dialogue was overly technical or mundane. The absence of Ripley was a big mistake. The android Bishop was too clinical and almost indifferent. Hicks was good, but not enough of him. Overall, I didn't get to know or care about the characters enough to feel for them.

The sound effects and atmosphere created by sound were amazing.

This needed a better script that first built our relationship with its new characters before killing them. They felt interchangeable.

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  • Carter Hooper
  • 2019-06-11

Two Words: "Cocooned Lemurs"

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is about the most original thing in this turd. Thank god this thing didn't get produced, the special effects person would have stormed off the set after being tasked with making "cocooned lemurs" anything but laughable. This makes the Alien III film that was produced look like a classic. I would have loved to see Sigourney Weaver's face after she read this script: "Am I to understand you want me to reprise my role as one of the most iconic female film heroes of all time in a film where I am unconscious 90% of the time and then shot out to safety behind Newt?" (who gets to go to Oregon!) Rehashes the first two in spectacularly unoriginal fashion, except, I guess, that this time the Xenomorphs can just infect you and have you turn into one of them. Oh, and the new bad guys are the Russians and the Chinese. It is, however, nice to hear Michael Biehn and Lance Hendrickson again, and thing is immaculately produced. But on the whole it's basically a terrible bore, not even worth the price of free. As I have learned over the years, just because it has William Gibson's name on it does not make it good. And Audible, stop littering your bestseller lists with these "originals", it makes it tough to weed through and find the good stuff.

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  • Doug D. Eigsti
  • 2019-06-03

The Thrill is Back Baby!

Thanks to Paramount for resurrecting this piece of A L I E N lore. The production is absolutely stellar; it is a full-on full-cast dramatic presentation, with sound effects and the smell of buttered popcorn in the air. The two hour length and pacing is the same as a motion picture; so this is as close as we're ever going to get to the ALIEN III that might have been. (Although I am a fan of the double-Y chromo boys on Fury 161.) Having Michael Biehn reprising his role as Hicks was genius. He owns every scene with his laconic reaction to every crisis. The beloved artificial person Bishop is back as well, voiced by one of my favorites, the original Lance Heinrickson. And Laurel Lefkow must have undergone some vocal chord gene therapy using Sigourney Weaver's DNA because she sounds freakishly like Ripley in every scene, in every situation. The story is tight. The action is constant. The Xenomorphs are everywhere! What else would you expect? What more do you want? Is it cannon? It sure feels like a genuine ALIEN movie when you are immersed in it. But no, it presents some insurmountable continuity problems for Ripley's timeline. But it is an engaging experience nonetheless. Get busy and get your thrill on!

FYI:
The number of fully dramatized ALIEN audio productions is now up to 4. I can recommend them all as some of the finest audio drama on Audible.

(1) ALIEN Out of the Shadows
(2) ALIEN Sea of Sorrows
(3) ALIEN River of Pain
(4) ALIEN III

And if you are looking for a great original novel in this series try ALIEN The Cold Forge.

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  • jonathan jones
  • 2019-05-30

outstanding! wish there be of a follow-up to this

outstanding amazing this goes right next to aliens out of the shadows and alien Sea of Sorrow

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  • Alan
  • 2019-05-31

Audio Dramatization of the Movie that never was

The original Alien III screenplay (1987) by cyberpunk author William Gibson never reached production. Early director Renny Harlin had rejected it and by the time the final Alien³ (1992) reached production with director David Fincher, the 1987 script (with its Soviet-Union-inspired United Progressive Peoples component of characters) was out-dated. David Fincher had his own ideas on top of an interim Vincent Ward screenplay. The final product ended up being a mixed bag with the studio taking the production away from Fincher to the point that he has disavowed it along with the later re-edits that were made.

For the 40th Anniversary of the original Alien (1979) movie, Audible Studios commissioned an audio dramatization of the Gibson screenplay. Dramatist and director Dirk Maggs has made a fantastic audio enactment of the screenplay and has enhanced it considerably with added scenes and characters. Producing a screenplay without the visuals requires an increased amount of narration and description that was not present on the page*. The main addition is a full 12-minutes of introductory backstory that basically recreates the entire conclusion of the Aliens (1986) film. That may sound unnecessary, until you find out [mild spoiler] that fan favourite Ripley spends most of the Alien III screenplay in a non-speaking comatose state. So that action set-piece was the only way to give Ripley a stronger cameo. Actress Laura Lefkow does a spot-on impersonation of Sigourney Weaver in this role.

No spoilers about the rest of the plot. I will say however, especially in this age of disrespecting fan favourite characters (e.g. Disney Star Wars, Season 8 Game of Thrones etc.), that the Aliens characters get a proper continuing story here (although the reduced Ripley role was surprising, did Gibson think Sigourney Weaver wasn't returning?). Original Aliens actors Michael Biehn and Lance Henrickson return as Hicks and Bishop, with the child character Newt voiced by Mairead Doherty. I did find the increased cast (22/23 voice parts) a bit hard to follow, so I ended up assembling the following Cast of Characters (in order of appearance as best as I could work out) Listing:

Returning Characters from Aliens
Bishop, an android, survivor from LV-426 (Lance Henriksen)
Ripley, 3rd Officer & survivor of Nostromo & survivor of LV-426 (Laurel Lefkow)
Carter Burke, a Weyland-Yutani executive (in brief flashback scene) (Tom Alexander)
Corporal Dwayne Hicks, a Colonial Marine, survivor from LV-426 (Michael Biehn)
Newt (nickname of Rebecca Jordan), child survivor from LV-426 (Mairead Doherty)
Mother, voice of Computer (Lorelei King)

United Progressive Peoples (UPP) Commandos who board Sulaco when it drifts into the UPP Sector
Kurtz, UPP Commando Captain (David Seddon)
Desolas, UPP Commando (called Juanito by the Captain) (Cliff Chapman)
Chang, UPP Commando (Rebecca Yeo)

Crew at Anchorpoint Station, a Weyland-Yutani facility
Jackson, Operations Chief at Anchorpoint (Siri Steinmo)
Tully, Charles A., biolab tech, a crew member on Anchorpoint (Dar Dash)
Spence, crew member on Anchorpoint (Samantha Coughlan)
Rosetti, senior scientist, crew member on Anchorpoint (Martin McDougall)

Weyland-Yutani Weapons Division visitors to Anchorpoint Station from Gateway Station
Kevin Fox, a Weyland-Yutani Corp Weapons Division officer (Keith Wickham)
Susan Wells, a Weyland-Yutani Corp Weapons Division officer (Barbara Barnes)

Further Crew at Anchorpoint Station
Walker, Chief Mechanic, crew member on Anchorpoint (Harry Ditson)
Sterling, biolab team, crew member on Anchorpoint (Andrew James Spooner)
Tatsumi, biolab team, crew member on Anchorpoint (Dai Tabuchi)

UPP Crew at a Cybernetics Laboratory in Rodina Station, a UPP facility
Colonel Doctor Suslov, principal science officer at Rodina Station (Michael Roberts)

Voice Communication from Gateway
Stoddard (voiced by ?)

Further UPP Crew at Rodina Station
Jorje Rivera, Diplomatic Officer at Rodina Station (Ben Cura)
Nevsky, a Science Officer at Rodina Station (Graham Hoadly)

Further Crew at Anchorpoint Station
Halliday, ecotech at the ecomodule in Anchorpoint (Sarah Pitard)

The audio production, foley effects, ambiance and soundtrack music for this was excellent. It would certainly rate a [5] along with the cast performances. I would just bump it down a notch for not providing a cast of characters.

Alien III was available as a free Audible Original for members as of May 30, 2019. It is expected to be one of the free Audible Originals for members in June 2019 (available June 6, 2019) after which it revert to a standard price.

Trivia and Links
*The original William Gibson screenplay is available online at http://www.awesomefilm.com/script/Alien3.txt.
You can read the rather long production story of Alien III (1987) to Alien3 (1992) on Wikipedia here href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_3#1987–1989"

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  • John
  • 2019-06-01

Nearly impossible to follow.. so bummed..

Michael Biehn & Lance Henrikson deserve better. They do their best to carry you through. In fact If Henrikson continued with the narration present in the beginning, the story mightve had a chance to flow better but only up to a point.

I realised a little over an hour in, that things werent sounding good.. it fell apart from there on to the point where as much as i wanted to care, i couldnt.. Ive listened to dozens of audiobooks. None were as hard to follow as this one... again, so bummed.

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  • Doug
  • 2019-05-31

Stays Frosty

For two hours, this is awesome entertainment. The opening ten minutes, in which Bishop recounts the ending to Aliens, complete with sound effects, sets the best possible tone. I was in my car, heading to work and hit play. After a few minutes, I hear the blaring klaxons of LV-426 and a female voice annoucning "You now have two minutes to reach minimum safe distance." I can't lie. I felt a jolt of pure, almost boyish exuberance.

There are some downsides. The actual story is lacking in terms of scope and plot. Ripley is sleeping through the whole story and Newt, although definitely present, is shipped back to earth. Those are the biggest character arc problems I had with this version. Also, Alien III runs with the plot premises that made Alien Covenant so bad. Namely, airborne alien DNA can just recreate the Alien species. I think the queen-egg-chest gestation is still the most horrific biological construct ever, and I don't know why this franchise insists on moving away from it.

The upsides are here too. The new characters are actually pretty good, in my opinion, and the sound effects & production work excel. But there are two things that make this worth the purchase in full. One, Michael Beihn. Every time I heard the real Hicks giving a command, I smiled. It's Hicks, man! We never saw him again after Aliens, so it was instant pleasure to have him alive and well on this audiobook. Two, the book/script is rich with Alien-Aliens lore. The writer understands the Aliens universe and keeps that universe fresh in the settings and dialogue. Alien III "feels" like a true follow up to Aliens. I'll add that while Lance Henriksen doesn't blow me away, he's still an awesome compliment to the story in his reprisal of Bishop.

If you're like me...someone who is still waiting and chasing the thrill of 1986 Aliens...buy the audiobook. It has a little bit of that magic we've all been looking for and haven't found in a long time.

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  • Kingsley
  • 2019-05-31

Before Alien3 there was William Gibson's Alien III

Before we got the mess that was Alien3 there was a script by William Gibson (Johnny Mnemonic, Nueromancer). This was the original plan for the third Alien movie. Nearly 30 years later it has now been released, both as a comic book and as this audible Original.

In Alien3 much of the work of Aliens was undone - killing off Newt, Hicks and Bishop and reducing the reoccurring cast back down to Ripley. This was seen as a major issue, as it undid the heroic work of saving Newt previously. This previously unreleased screen play fixes this issue, keeping those characters alive, and in fact has a much greater focus on Hicks and Bishop than on Ripley (possibly part of the reason it was shelved at the time). Rather than the prison colony, and the dog-alien, of the movie we get more Wayland-Yulanti antics as they try to capture and weaponise the xenomorphs.

The story is good, and fits in better with the 'evil corporation tries to use Aliens' story that was Alien, aliens and Resurrection.

If it's been a while since you have seen Aliens, don't worry the introduction to the audio does a great job of recapping Aliens - using some audio from the movie (or re-recording it?) and presenting it in a 'after action report' style.

The audio is a full production, with a full cast, music and sound effects. It is (to borrow another company's tagline) like a movie in your ears. There is a lot of people describing things that they might not have to if there was visuals, but it works well to keep it clear what is going. I never had an issue following what was going on, but I have previously read the Dark Horse comic run so that possibly helped.

It is great to have the actors playing Hicks and Bishop back in those roles. The voice acting, not just from them but from all the voice actors is very good.

A joy to listen to.

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  • lance williams
  • 2019-05-30

We waited for this....

The story was horrid, with poor detailing. What did the hybrid even look like, pervious books did amazing jobs at detailing the environment and setting the mood. I enjoyed the voice acting but the dialogue was very B horror filmish. I’ve listen to every Aliens audio book, seen the movies numerous of times and read the comics, but this was def. on the poor end of the story telling ladder . At least it was free....but I would have been more than willing to pay for quality.

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