Alien: Covenant will burst onto cinema screens in May - and as a teaser for the franchise's latest instalment, Audible is today announcing terrifying new audio play River of Pain.
Based on the 2014 novel, Alien: River of Pain is set between the first and second films in the franchise and chronicles the birth and backstory of Aliens' Newt.
Star Trek and Game of Thrones actor Alexander Siddig appears in the play - which explores the destruction of Hadley's Hope, a research and mining colony in 2157 - as part of an all-star cast.
Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Michelle Ryan, Colin Salmon and Mark Warren all feature in River of Pain, from award-winning radio producer Dirk Maggs.
"I'm a massive commercial movie freak," Siddig told Digital Spy. "I sort of lost track of the Alien movies a bit - quite a lot got made! But I really enjoyed the first one and was always interested in watching the subsequent ones.
"Recording this, I recognised a lot of the tropes. A young child, vulnerable, a big empty space station, lots of eggs... very suspenseful and terrifying situations which is pretty much the refrain of most of the Alien movies."
Siddig's character - the ruthless Doctor Reese - is described by the actor as "a monster" and like Frankenstein in space: "He puts science above everything - and puts everybody at enormous risk because of it. I'd like to say, 'But he has a heart' - but I'm not sure he does. I couldn't find it!"
Of course, many of the most memorable parts of the Alien franchise - the face-huggers, the aliens themselves - would appear to be visual. But Siddig thinks that, as the old adage goes, the pictures are better on radio.
"I just watched Warcraft and it just looks kinda poor!" he said. "But if I'd imagined a knight, or an astronaut, or a vast expanse I'd do a much better job of it than most designers! So I think radio unfetters the mind and lets the imagination get involved."
Alien: River Of Pain is available to pre-order now at www.audible.co.uk/RiverOfPain.
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The future of Alien
The Alien franchise is taking a dramatic turn at 20th Century Studios, now owned by Disney. Currently there are two major Alien projects in development - a new Alien TV series by Noah Hawley and a new, stand-alone Alien movie being directed by Fede Alvarez. Both of which will be taking the franchise in a new direction - moving away from the Alien prequel direction Ridley Scott set out to pursue back in 2012.
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