Cyberpunk guru William Gibson’s rejected ‘Alien 3’ script scores a new novelization (exclusive excerpt)

Representing one of cinematic history’s greatest “What If” stories, cyberpunk godfather William Gibson (“Burning Chrome,” “Neuromancer”) once penned a provocative draft for “Alien 3” that was never used by the studio. 20th Century Fox eventually went with a stitched together script using ideas from David Twohy and Vincent Ward & John Fasano for director David Fincher (“Se7en,” “Zodiac”) that resulted in a polarizing 1992 entry in the storied “Alien” sci-fi franchise.

However, Gibson’s action-oriented unproduced version is being given fresh life with Titan Books’ “Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay by William Gibson,” a hardback novelization adapted by Hugo Award-winning author Pat Cadigan — and is serving up an exclusive excerpt to entice your senses. This never-realized draft kept Corporal Hicks and Newt at the forefront, with Ripley serving as more of a background character in cryogenic stasis.

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