Release date: May 22, 1992
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Brian Glover, Niall Buggy, Pete Postlethwaite, Lance Henriksen
David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has gone on record numerous times to recount the heated fights he had with 20th Century Fox over the script and budget of Alien3, the second sequel to Ridley Scott’s amazing 1979 sci-fi/horror classic Alien.
Being that Alien3 was his first feature film, following a string of successful music videos, Fincher had little power to wield at the time, and the result of the production’s unfixable tensions is a bold yet clunky piece of bleak storytelling that both wastes franchise star Sigourney Weaver’s great acting and hints at Fincher’s soon-to-blossom talents. To paraphrase the Alien-connected Prometheus’ Michael Fassbender: Big things (Fincher’s stellar career) have small beginnings (the underwhelming Alien3).