This spring, Alien fans will finally get to experience the first film in the iconic franchise as writer Dan O’Bannon originally intended. Via The Hollywood Reporter, Dark Horse is publishing a five-part miniseries titled Alien: The Original Screenplay. As the name implies, the comic adapts the first draft of O’Bannon’s script.
O’Bannon received sole credit for writing Alien’s screenplay in 1979. However, longtime franchise producers Walter Hill and David Giler made numerous rewrites before the movie began shooting. One of their more noteworthy alterations was changing the name of the ship from the Snark to the Nostromo. To bring O’Bannon’s work to the page, Dark Horse has enlisted the creative team of Cristiano Seixas and Guilherme Balbi.
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Additionally, this won’t be the first time that Dark Horse has tackled an alternate version of an Alien film. Back in 2018, Dark Horse also released a similar miniseries based on cyberpunk author William Gibson’s unproduced script for Alien 3. Dark Horse also previously published a comic adaptation of George Lucas’ original Star Wars script in 2013.
Alien: The Original Screenplay #1 will arrive in comic shops on April 22. You can also have a look at the first issue’s cover and two sample pages below.
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Alien: The Original Screenplay #1 Preview
Alien: The Original Screenplay #1 Cover