ALIEN 3 AGAIN
posted 9:25 AM
I NEED A FAQ PAGE...
Someone asks about the ALIEN III script, yet again.
Yes, I did write that, albeit to a "story" by Hill, Giler, and the other guy, whose name momemtarily escapes me. They suggested the Marxist space empire, and I happily elaborated on that. In spite of its almost instant archaism, I found it fun. I couldn't recall a single piece of Cold War space opera in which the other guys were commies.)
At the time, Ms. Weaver seemed doggedly unwilling to participate, so I was instructed to keep Ripley in stasis throughout. This was the first screenplay I'd written, and as far as I know the only one on the net today, or otherwise in circulation. Any others you might encounter are almost certainly not by me but have had my name added.
The ALIEN III script as it turns up on the net is about thirty pages shorter than the version I turned in. It became the first of some thirty drafts, by a great many screenwriters, and none of mine was used (except for the idea, perhaps, of a bar-code tattoo).
Hardest thing about the job? I was still working on an Apple IIc, and there was no screenwriting software available, so I had to do all that centering and spacing and whatnot *by hand*. This is probably why the net version is short; nothing ever circulated but the printout, as nobody in Hollywood wanted my IIc floppy.
posted 9:11 AM
SPOKEN LIKE A LAW-LAWYER, SIR
"With this arrest, we want to deliver a message to cyber-hackers here and around the world," said U.S. Attorney John McKay in Seattle. "Let there be no
mistake about it, cyber-hacking is a crime."
[thanx to poster Colin.]
The first time I went to Tokyo, in the wake of NEUROMANCER's Japanese translation, I happened on a department store with a window-display of dull, mini-checked, summer-weight sportscoats. "CYBER-SUMMER", declared the huge banner behind them. Trembling with soul-delay, I experienced the uneasy conviction that the future would be like *this*.
Now here we are, and it is. A rare incidence of actual prescience on my part.