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Eventually both Anchorpoint and the U. P space station are overrun by Xenomorphs and Hicks and Bishop must team up with the survivors to destroy the creatures. The script ends with a cliffhanger for Alien 4 in which Xenomorph genetic material is headed for Earth aboard the Sulaco. Bishop suggests to Hicks that humans are united against a common enemy and they must track the Xenomorphs to their source and destroy them. The screenplay is very action oriented, containing 8 Marine vs.

Alien battle scenes, including a major confrontation set on the exterior hull of the space station; by comparison, James Cameron 's script for Aliens contained only 2 Marine vs. Alien battles. A second draft by Gibson removed most of this action and instead presented a story closer to the claustrophobic horror of Alien. Gibson's scripts also feature an extended cast with many new characters. Since the first draft's release online, it has attained a considerable following on the internet.

However, at the time, the producers, while liking certain aspects of the script, were unhappy with the screenplay overall. Gibson was asked to make rewrites with their newly hired director, Renny Harlin , but declined, citing various other commitments and "foot dragging on the producers' part. The script is set aboard a space station that houses an entire small-town USA settlement, including open wheat fields, farms and a small town, all housed under a giant dome.

Beneath the town, the rest of the station consists mostly of a high-tech research facility, where military scientists are secretly breeding and studying the Xenomorphs. The creatures soon escape and wreak havoc, and with most of the military and science personnel killed in the initial outbreak it is left to the townsfolk to fight off the creatures. At the end of the story, the station itself becomes "infected" by the Xenomorphs and turns into a giant biomechanical Xenomorph creature.

Whereas several of the unproduced Alien 3 scripts specifically Gibson's and Vincent Ward's have received substantial praise in recent years, Red's effort has something of an infamous reputation for it's poor quality. Red himself later disowned the widely circulated version of the script, claiming, "The piece of junk was a product of a few weeks of intense, hysterical story conferences with the studio to rush to get the picture into production and it turned out completely awful Writer and future director David Twohy was next to work on the project. His version is even further removed from the preceding films than Red's script — the story is set many years after Aliens , and the only reference to the first two movies is an image of Ripley seen on a computer monitor half-way through, with the word "DECEASED" written beneath it — although Twohy allegedly also turned in an alternate draft that featured the Ripley character more prominently.

Twohy's story is set on a prison space station in Earth orbit called Moloch Island, where inmates act as manual labor in a giant refinery that smelts ore mined in space. The prison is also secretly being used by Weyland-Yutani to breed and run illegal experiments on the Xenomorphs, many of which involve the use of convicts as live bait.

To keep the experiments secret from the prison population, only death row inmates are used, their executions faked in a gas chamber before they are revived and used in the tests. Examples include breach testing, where a Xenomorph is videotaped as it searches for — and finds — the weakest part of a structure with human bait inside, breaks through and attacks the victim. An accident at the station frees the Xenomorphs, and the surviving prisoners and staff must team up to try and escape.

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Vincent Ward was hired to direct the film, although he promptly told the studio he was not interested in filming Twohy's script and instead wanted to pursue his own idea for a third movie. Ward was given the go-ahead to develop this idea, even though the studio still had Twohy performing rewrites of his own script, telling him that Ward's screenplay was in fact for a fourth movie in the franchise.

The story for Alien III by Ward and John Fasano has Ripley's escape pod crash landing on a monastery-like space station, which is archaic in design and largely constructed from wood. The story begins with one of the monks witnessing a "star in the East" in fact Ripley's escape pod approaching the station , which his brothers at first believe to be a good sign.

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However, upon the arrival of Ripley, and with increasing suggestions of Xenomorph presence, the monks instead come to view the omen as the herald of some sort of divine trial for their misdemeanors, for which they are being punished by the creature that haunts them. By having a woman in their monastery, the monks wonder if their trial is partially caused by sexual temptation, as Ripley is the only woman to be amongst the community in many years. To avoid this temptation and hopefully the much grimmer reality of what she has brought with her, the monks lock Ripley into a dungeon in the lower levels of the space station and ignore her advice on the true nature of the beast.

However, one of the monks soon comes to believe Ripley and frees her, and together they attempt to escape Arceon. Ward's is by far the most famous of the unproduced screenplays for Alien 3 and has received significant praise for its setting in particular. The project progressed to the point where several sets to be used in the film were designed, although little was actually built. Short on time before filming was due to commence, producers Walter Hill and David Giler took control of the screenplay themselves, melding aspects of the Ward script with Twohy's earlier prison-set screenplay to create the basis of the final film.

Even so, the script underwent numerous late revisions even as filming was taking place. David Fincher also did further work on the screenplay with author Rex Pickett , the latter of whom revised most of the work done by the previous authors despite eventually being fired, allegedly for siding with Fincher over Hill and Giler on where the script should be going. Principal photography began on January 14, , despite the fact the film did not yet have a finished script and with Fox having already spent millions on the construction of sets.

The production was infamously fraught, with Fincher frequently clashing with 20th Century Fox over the direction the film should be taking. Studio interference was extreme — the director's ideas for the production were routinely vetoed by executives who merely wanted to turn out a film on time and under budget, and representatives from Fox could frequently be seen shadowing Fincher on-set, ensuring the studio's demands were enforced. In addition to his constant battles with the studio, Fincher had to deal with a script that continued to change even as filming was taking place; according to the director, rewritten pages would arrive at the studio via fax machine to be filmed the following day, a scenario he labelled "just insane".

Other problems during filming included the departure of original director of photography Jordan Cronenweth due to his increasingly severe Parkinson's disease, and Fincher's more distant relationship with his replacement, Alex Thomson. The director also struggled to find a suitable second unit director, firing several whose work he deemed substandard.

Despite the difficulties at Pinewood, the shoot was recorded by a documentary film crew led by Paul Bernard , who conducted extensive interviews with the cast and key production personnel and captured behind the scenes footage of filming taking place. Ridley Scott was also invited to take part in an interview, filmed on the set of Superintendent Andrews' office.

Eventually, the situation at Pinewood became so untenable that filming was shut down completely, and production moved to Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Rawlings later lamented the agonizing process of meeting with executives to inform them what was needed, being granted permission to shoot only some of the requisite material, then entering another meeting after said footage had been filmed only for the executives to realise the additional scenes they had earlier vetoed were in fact necessary after all. Among the material shot in Los Angeles were changes to the film's ending.

A month after the additional shots were completed, an incredulous makeup department were informed that yet more changes were being made to the movie's conclusion; fortunately, the bald cap had not been thrown away in the interim.

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Stan Winston , responsible for creature effects in Aliens , was approached again for Alien 3 , but was unavailable. Winston instead recommended Tom Woodruff, Jr. The Dragon in Alien 3. The Xenomorph in the film was portrayed by both Woodruff, Jr. Contrary to popular belief, wide shots of the quadrupedal Alien were not created using CGI. However, a small number of shots in the film do contain CGI elements, most notably the cracking Xenomorph head before the creature explodes.

A mechanical Xenomorph head was also used for close-ups of the creature. Director David Fincher suggested that a Whippet a breed of small dog be dressed in a Xenomorph costume for on-set coverage of the quadrupedal creature, but the visual effects team was dissatisfied with the comical result and the idea was dropped in favor of the rod puppet. At some point during the film's chaotic reshoots and post-production in Los Angeles, David Fincher finally walked out.

The completion of the movie was thus overseen by the studio, who elected to drastically edit the film down to increase the number of times it could be screened per day. The film's ending scene was still being edited just three weeks before the movie was due to be released in the United States.

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Approaching a star system with two such planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew find a massive alien vessel, drifting in interstellar space for decades. Sensors detect life aboard the derelict—aliens held in suspended animation. Thought to be an immense sleeper ship, the vessel actually is a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds…the final gambit in a war that has raged for generations across the nearby system.

Captain Picard is now caught in the middle of this conflict and attempts to mediate, as both sides want this doomsday weapon…which was sent from the future with the sole purpose of ending the interplanetary war before it even began! Instead, Ward gives us different parties with opposing agendas that pit them against one other.

And when the proverbial crap hits the deflector dish, Ward crafts top notch action sequences in the form of ship-to-ship space battles and a thrilling phaser duel between the away team and the alien aggressors. The book also does a good job showing the main crew shepherding in the next, next generation with nice mentoring moments between Picard and Security Chief Smrhova, plus Worf and Science Officer Elfiki.

Add to that the Enterprise crew, desperately trying to uphold the Prime Directive, preserve the timeline, mediate an age-old war, and to get out of the situation alive. The book opens with alien characters and a setting that we are unfamiliar with and not invested in. It stays there for two long chapters, dousing the reader with technical detail unnecessary to drive the story, and descriptions of characters who appear once and then never resurface in later chapters.

This section dragged and should have been reduced to the bare essentials needed to advance the story. With the strong, distinct characters of Riker, Troi and Data yes, he lives again having moved on, it makes perfect sense that new characters be introduced to fill the void left by those three.

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