Thursday 25 April 2019

Michael Biehn returns as Hicks in Audible's Alien 3

Friday is Alien Day and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Alien directed by Ridley Scott, Audible has announced award-winner Dirk Maggs (Alien: River of Pain) will be directing a new audio adventure, starring Michael Biehn as fan-favourite Corporal Hicks (Aliens), based on William Gibson's unused script for Alien 3. Dark Horse Comics most recently adapted Gibson's script into a comic book.

Audible has released a brief synopsis for the upcoming audiobook:

"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 full voice cast includes Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham and Rebecca Yeo.

I've had the pleasure of knowing Dirk Maggs since interviewing him, as an undergraduate at Bournemouth University, in 1995. His audio adaptation of Batman: Knightfall for BBC Radio 1 piqued my interest: not only as a lifelong fan of Batman but also media production. So, while fans wait to see what Disney does with the franchise, it's worth listening - with headphones - to Maggs' awesome Alien audio dramas from Audible (affiliate link).

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