Alien: The Original Screenplay is a upcoming five-issue comic book adaptation of Dan O'Bannon's original script for Alien that is due to be published by Dark Horse Comics from August-December 2020.[1] It was also published simultaneously in the digital format via Dark Horse Digital. The story will be written by Cristiano Seixas, based on the original screenplay by Dan O'Bannon, illustrated by Guilherme Balbi, and colored by Candice Han and David Stewart, with variant cover art by Walter Simonson and Carlos D'Anda.

In the Aliens comics lineAlien: The Original Screenplay is preceded by Aliens: Rescue.

Publication History

The comic was originally scheduled for release starting in April 2020, timed to concise with Alien Day. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic of that year, the first issue was subsequently delayed until August.

Publisher's Summary

#1: An all new Alien with an all new Alien!

En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins...

#2: The intercepted voice transmission has been interpreted — a dire warning... but is it too late? As the crew continues to survey the massive pyramid structure, they find an entrance. Who goes in, won't come out alone...

#3: The crew makes a shocking discovery about the artifacts found in the pyramid. Unaware of the danger they have brought aboard, the Snark departs the alien planet — and within the secure confines of the ship, a horror unknown to man will be unleashed.

#4: The alien is loose aboard the ship, with every attempt at eradicating it proving more deadly. As the creature reveals its true form, the crew discovers a horrifying new development.

#5: The fight for survival! Sheer terror befalls the remaining crew members as the Alien claims the ship as its feeding ground. With retaliation proving futile, the only way out is to run. 

Reprint History

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Alien: The Original Screenplay will be collected as a trade paperback with cover by Guilherme Balbi and released on December 2, 2020.[3]

Behind the Scenes

Among the contributors to the comic, perhaps most notable is Walt Simonson, who provided variant cover art — Simonson previously illustrated Alien: The Illustrated Story, the original comic book adaptation of Alien, published some 40 years prior to The Original Screenplay.

Colorist Candice Han also worked on Predator: The Original Screenplay, a similar Dark Horse Comics project relating to the first Predator film.



Issue covers

Variant covers


See Also


  1. "The Hollywood Reporter - Dark Horse to Publish 'Alien: The Original Screenplay' Comic". Retrieved on 2020-01-17.
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