Empire Magazine published an extraordinary account by British journalist Garth Pearce visiting the set of Alien³. Pearce entering Pinewood studios after weeks of repeated requests actually feels like landing on another planet where suspicion is lurking everywhere like Giger's drooling creatures. All right, I am getting carried away ;-)
Get over before they change their minds [but] be prepared to hang around and don't be surprised by anything you see or hear
– Geoff Freeman (publicist)
After New Zealander director Vincent Ward wood planet schemes being crushed by 1991 recession (see also Empire's investigation below), 28 years old Fincher entered the game and set the action in a space prison. Then come endless takes, script rewriting, legion of producers, exhausted actors and eventually production being shut down after 93 days and "shoe salesman" Fincher ordered back to L.A by 20th Century Fox exec.
I am not allowed to forget that this is a very big opportunity for me. In fact, I am reminded of how big it is on a daily basis.
– David Fincher
That said, Fincher's "failure" is an epic take on the Alien character way above James Cameron or Jean-Pierre Jeunet's versions. Even if Fincher does not want to hear about it, one can surely expect a (real) director's cut in the years to come. I believe it is of every director's hidden dream to remake one's film. Obsessive Fincher, though very little emotional, might want to revisit his painful first feature. And by looking at some of the cut footage available on DVD it might actually improve our judgment.
Thanks to Wolfgang and Fitz for these prime materials!