Often reviled by fans, ignored by its own director, and looked upon with disdain from even its own writers and crew, David Fincher’s first feature film, Alien³, remains the black sheep of the original trilogy.
Featuring a messy script with some stellar character performances and photography (not to mention Elliot Goldenthal’s excellent score), Alien³ remains a point of interest for fans for what it did wrong, and what it (arguably) did right.
James Cameron’s Alien III (or ‘How it was Never Going to Happen’)
James Cameron’s vague mental sketches of Alien III (as relayed by the Aliens cast) and why the idea of his involvement in any potential third movie never appealed to him.
William Gibson’s Alien III
Cyberpunk author William Gibson was originally commissioned by Brandywine to write the sequel to Aliens. Gibson wrote two drafts before Walter Hill and David Giler looked for another direction. BOTH drafts of Gibson’s work are covered here.
Eric Red’s Alien III
Near Dark screenwriter Eric Red was approached to try his hand at Alien III. By most, if not all accounts, the resulting script was disastrous.
David Twohy’s Alien III
Pitch Black helmer David Twohy was next to contribute to the messy Alien III writing process.
Vincent Ward’s Alien III
Writer/Director Vincent Ward provided one of the strangest takes on Alien – a chameleonic Alien stalks Ripley through an orbital satellite encased in wood and inhabited by Luddite monks.
The re-design of Giger’s original humanoid Alien into a more bestial form, from Giger’s initial involvement to Amalgamated Dynamics’ take-over.
A look at one discarded royal facehugger design that featured briefly in 2003’s assembly cut.
The design of the bleak prison colony on Fiorina 161.
Alien Quadrilogy/Anthology producer Charles de Lauzirika documents his ordeal re-cutting Alien 3 and his attempts to have David Fincher contribute to the project. From The Digital Bits’ Quadrilogy coverage.
Paul McGann on Alien 3
Paul McGann, who portrayed Golic, talks David Fincher, filming, Sigourney, and the film’s legacy.
A look at Weyland-Yutani’s commando unit, seen at the end of the movie.
Interview with Sigourney Weaver, 1992
Interview with Sigourney Weaver from Starburst issues 168, 169, and 170.
Interview with Clive Mantell, 1992
Mantell discusses director David Fincher.
Mother From Another Planet
Set visit and discussion with David Fincher, with additional quotes from Fincher regarding Alien 3 made over the years.
Bishop II: Man or Machine?
Was the enigmatic Company man ‘Bishop II’ intended to be an android, or flesh and blood?