Dark Horse Comics looks into film history development hell to bring a new look at classic sci-fi monsters
Dark Horse Comics printed a five-issue comic starting in November 2018 based on William Gibson’s unproduced script for Alien³. The film itself went through many iterations before finally settling on a prison planet story to be directed by David Fincher.
Now Dark Horse has gone back into the development vaults to bring us another alternative look at two classic sci-fi films.
First up is Alien: The Original Screenplay. Alien, released in 1979, is one of the classic sci-fi horror films of all times that has spawned a successful franchise. In the film, the crew of the mining vessel Nostromo are awakened from a deep sleep on their way home and ordered to investigate a nearby alien transmission.
The comic will be based on the original screenplay that was authored by Dan O’Bannon. This was then heavily re-written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett before it became the film we know and love today. It will be interesting to see the original story, design and alien creature come to life within the comics pages.
Dark Horse Comics and Twentieth Century Fox, with writer Cristiano Seixas, artist Guilherme Balbi (Predators, Superboy), and colorist Candice Han, adapted from the screenplay written by Dan O’Bannon, brings you Alien: The Original Screenplay.
Alien The Original Screenplay issue #1 will arrive in stores on April 22nd.
The alien’s greatest foe as defined by comics and a couple of films is, of course, the Predator. The creature first appeared in the film of the same name, released in 1987, as it went up against a squad of commandoes led by Dutch, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Dark Horse Comics is running a five-issue series based on the original screenplay which was written by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. The screenplay was original entitled Hunter and as you can see from the cover artwork, the original predator creature was more akin to a lizard.
In fact, the original movie started production with a very different alien creature that was portrayed by Jean-Claude Van Damme on set. You can read more about that in What Could Have Been.. #16: Predator.
Issue #1 of Predator: The Original Screenplay will be available from June 10th.