William Gibson’s ALIEN 3 – Horror Movie That Almost Was

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Released in 1992, Alien 3 (watch or buy it HERE) was directed by David Fincher from a screenplay credited to David Giler, Walter Hill, and Larry Ferguson, with Vincent Ward getting a story credit. While that film is very divisive, it was the result of a long development process that saw several different screenwriters turning in drafts of the script that were quickly rejected. The very first writer for Alien 3 was author William Gibson, who was working on the script by the end of 1987 – just one year after the release of Aliens. In the latest episode of our video series The Horror Movie That Almost Was, embedded above, we dig into Gibson's vision for Alien 3.

Is there a chance Gibson's script would have resulted in a film that was more well-received that the Alien 3 we got? How did he handle the characters of Ripley, Hicks, and Newt? Watch the video to find out!

The Horror Movie That Almost Was series focuses on 

the various horror projects that could never seem to get things off the ground, be it for budgetary concerns, creative differences, or just an ever evolving Hollywood landscape. We dive into every aspect and see just how close these films had come to cameras rolling.

This episode was Written, Narrated, and Edited by Tyler Nichols, Produced by John Fallon, and Executive Produced by Berge Garabedian.

Some previous episodes of The Horror Movie That Almost Was can be seen below. To see more, head over to the JoBlo Horror Videos YouTube channel!

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About the Author

Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of JoBlo.com, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.