Audible Studios’ new audio drama Alien III by William Gibson offers an alternate path for the Alien series. What was once a discarded draft has become a fleshed-out audio production featuring several Aliens stars
Close your eyes, and it’s like slipping into an alternate universe in which this is the third Alien film, rather than the one we know.
It’s a strikingly different experience. As a movie, this version of the story wouldn’t have radically reinvented the Alien franchise. But it’s easy to picture it being an effective thriller. Gibson’s script combines elements from the first two films with unexpected twists. And as much as the Alien films depend on their striking imagery, Maggs’ audio drama works effectively on its own terms.
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