Michael Biehn, who starred opposite Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, is going to reprise his role as Corporal Dwayne Hicks for a new Alien 3 audio drama.
Biehn’s role as the level headed Hicks was a breakout role for the actor, who had previously appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original Terminator movie, and fans were up in arms when his character was killed off between Aliens and the underrated follow up Alien 3. Legend has it that Hicks had been a big part of the original threequel idea, but later re-writes would see him meet his maker while floating through space after escaping LV-426 with 9-year-old survivor Newt and Weaver’s Ripley.
Well now, almost 27 years after the definitive cut of Alien 3 divided audiences all over the world, the original William Gibson script – the one where Hicks is NOT DEAD – will be resurrected as a standalone audio drama by those wonderful people at Audible.
The official synopsis for Alien 3 reads as follows:
“Audible is bringing William Gibson’s lost 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 reprises his iconic role as Corporal Hicks 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 installment that might have been after being leaked online.
This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatization – 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….”
The project, which is released States-side May 30th, 2019, is directed by Dirk Maggs, whose previous work includes Judge Dredd, Superman Lives, and Batman: Knightfall – so we’re pretty sure the whole production is in very good hands. We just hope that this will go some way to appeasing fans who – like us – were left utterly disappointed when the supposed Neil Blomkamp alt-reality movie sequel was shelved.
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