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Old December 18 2009, 06:28 PM   #1
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R.I.P. Dan O'Bannon

The creator of Alien, Dan O'Bannon died yesterday at the age of 63.

Thank you for creating one of the most famous sci-fi/horror icons of all time. You will be missed
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Old December 18 2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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R.I.P. Dan O'Bannon

From Empire:

Dan O'Bannon, the sci-fi and horror screenwriter behind some of the genres' most recognisable titles, has died in Los Angeles following a short illness. He was 63.

A USC graduate in the same year as John Carpenter, O'Bannon was instrumental in Carpenter's cracking (and crackpot) first feature Dark Star, serving as co-writer, FX supervisor, production designer and editor, and playing Sgt Pinback (who turns out not to be Sgt Pinback at all). O'Bannon is the one who chases the beachball alien all over the spaceship; an idea that would sort of resurface later...

O'Bannon did some FX work on Star Wars in 1977, but is best known for kickstarting a different franchise. While authorship of Alien as we know it today is down to a number of people, there's no question that O'Bannon's Star Beast screenplay set the ball rolling, and he brought many of his colleagues from Alejandro Jodorowsky's aborted Dune to the project. The rest is movie history.

He wrote Blue Thunder and Life Force, and had two cracks at Philip K Dick, adapting We Can Remember It For You Wholesale and Second Variety into Total Recall and Screamers. Some say his Moebius-illustrated Heavy Metal comic The Long Tomorrow was a big visual influence on Blade Runner.

His Soft Landing and B-17 segments of the 1981 Heavy Metal movie were well-received, And he directed twice, fronting the fondly-remembered George Romero knock-off/parody Return of the Living Dead in 1985, and The Resurrected in 1992: an adaptation of HP Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

His screenplays were often reworked, much to his chagrin (particularly Blue Thunder, which lost most of its politics) but his legacy is without doubt. Just like Pinback, he had something of value to contribute to this mission.
Damn, I'm sorry to hear this. I quite liked some of his stuff, such as Total Recall, his Heavy Metal segments, Alien (even though his original screenplay was heavily rewritten), etc. I've really gotta see Dark Star at some point. I never knew he did some effects work on Star Wars... neat.

So long, Mr. O'Bannon, and thanks for your contributions to science-fiction.

ETA: Looks like setvenharis posted a thread about this just a couple minutes before I did. Mods, could you please merge the two? Thanks.
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Old December 18 2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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Oh that is a shame. I do like a lot of his stuff.
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Old December 18 2009, 06:47 PM   #4
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RIP, Mr O'Bannon. You figure large in the sf landscape of my youth.
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Old December 18 2009, 06:52 PM   #5
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What?!

Oh, fuck...
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Old December 18 2009, 06:56 PM   #6
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I didn't realize he played Pinback, that beachball alien scene is classic, I gotta dig out the DVD and play it again.
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Old December 18 2009, 07:56 PM   #7
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RIP, Mr. O'Bannon. You done good.
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Old December 18 2009, 07:59 PM   #8
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Damn. Too young to die. I've always enjoyed listening to him in interviews and commentaries. He'll be missed.

RIP.
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Old December 18 2009, 08:55 PM   #9
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A great movie sequence.

Pinback v. The Alien in Dark Star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5YTXnnQjC4

Bye, Mr. O'Bannon.
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Old December 18 2009, 09:36 PM   #10
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Aw rats. Goodbye you wonderful writer you...
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Old December 18 2009, 09:39 PM   #11
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Thanks for the places you took us, and the amazing tales you presented for our enjoyment.
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Old December 20 2009, 08:54 PM   #12
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Drat.. Another icon of my youth gone..

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Old December 20 2009, 09:15 PM   #13
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Old December 21 2009, 01:26 AM   #14
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R.I.P., Dan. Definitely one of the better writers for sci-fi in Hollywood films.

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Damn. Too young to die. I've always enjoyed listening to him in interviews and commentaries.
Indeed. He's the best thing about the special features on Alien, both in interviews and his text introduction to the original screenplay.
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Old December 21 2009, 03:32 AM   #15
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Just re-watched a bunch of the behind-the-scenes features on the Alien DVD. Dan O'Bannon strikes me as someone who would have made fun dinner conversation company. I really appreciate the humor he seemed to have in his personality. Also, he could really pull off wearing a bow-tie.
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