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. 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.
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.
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.
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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.
- Alien 3: The Unproduced Screenplay — A similar comic based on William Gibson's unproduced script for Alien3.
- Predator: The Original Screenplay — A similar comic based on Jim and John Thomas' original script for Predator.