The question of how events played out on the research and mining colony of LV-426 in the time between Alien and Aliens will finally be answered in Alien: River of Pain, a very different kind of sequel to the Ridley Scott classic.
Based on Christopher Golden’s full authorised novel of the same name from 2014, this audio-exclusive adaptation has been made with the aim of filling in many of the blanks behind the story of Newt, the lone survivor from the Xenomorph outbreak that occurs at the Hadley’s Hope facility and a central character in James Cameron’s critically acclaimed film sequel, Aliens.
Put together by award-winning radio director Dirk Maggs, best known for his work on the superb audio adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and in full collaboration with 20th Century Fox, the official synopsis reads as follows:
Alien: River Of Pain is set on the planetoid LV-426 – now renamed Acheron – where some fifty years before the ill-fated crew of the Nostromo discover the derelict ship which contains the Alien eggs. Now a group of hopeful colonists try to build a new, and more prosperous life for themselves, in the settlement Hadley’s Hope.
Anne Jorden gives birth to the colony’s first newborn, Rebecca Jorden, known to her family as ‘Newt’. The colony grows and expands over the next few years, and there are political and personal struggles as its detachment of Colonial Marines under Captain Demian Brackett are assumed by the Weyland-Yutani scientists posted on Acheron. Willing to overlook their orders in order to serve the Company’s interests, these scientists look to covertly capture a living Alien.
When Newt is old enough, Anne and her husband Russ take Newt and her older brother Tim prospecting. They discover a vast, derelict spaceship – an enormous horseshoe-shaped vessel – that looks like a promising find, but as they explore deeper they stumble across what remains of the ship’s original crew and their sinister cargo of eggs. Russ is attacked by one of the ‘facehuggers’ that similarly latched onto Executive Officer Kane from the Nostromo. When he is taken back to Hadley’s Hope, the worst happens. The ensuing story chronicles how the infestation of Xenomorphs overruns the colony. It’s a desperate tale of survival featuring characters we have grown to know and (sometimes) love.
No expense has been spared on this blockbuster audible Aliens sequel, which features the vocal talents of Anna Friel as Anne Jorden and Life of Mars star Philip Glenister, among others.
“I’ve been a huge fan of the Alien films ever since I first watched Sigourney Weaver battle her way to safety in Alien. I think she must have been one of the first strong female leads that proved to writers that women could hold a film on their own,” Friel said.
“It’s an incredible saga to be a part of, and I think this audio production will give new and old fans alike a gripping backstory to dig their teeth into.”
Alongside familiar British actors like Resident Evil actor Colin Salmon, Alexander Siddig who was most recently in Game of Thrones, Eastenders favourite Michelle Ryan and Hustle’s Marc Warren, the film also boasts the vocal talents of one William Hope, an actor better known to fans as Lieutenant Gorman in Aliens.
It’s the perfect story to dive into ahead of the release of Alien: Covenant and may just fill in a few of the blanks between Alien and Aliens – and maybe even settle a few debates among fans for good measure.
Alien: River of Pain is available to preorder now at www.audible.co.uk/riverofpain.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.