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Dan O'Bannon (I) (1946–2009)


Dan O'Bannon was inspired at an early age by EC Comics like Tales from the Crypt and old horror films that he saw in St. Louis. He even wrote a few stories for Heavy Metal magazine (which also showed up in the film). O'Bannon got his start when he and John Carpenter collaborated on the cult sci-fi film Dark Star (1974). After a failed attempt to ... See full bio »

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Known For

Alien
Alien Writer
(1979)
Total Recall
Total Recall Writer
(2012)
Total Recall
Total Recall Writer
(1990)
Aliens
Aliens Writer
(1986)

Filmography

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 2019 Untitled Alien: Covenant Sequel (based on characters created by) (pre-production)
 2017 Alien: Covenant (based on characters created by)
 2012/I Total Recall (based on the motion picture "Total Recall", screen story by) / (based on the motion picture "Total Recall", screenplay by) / (screen story by)
 2012/I Prometheus (based on elements created by)
 2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem ("Alien" characters)
 2004 AVP: Alien vs. Predator ("Alien" characters) / (screen story)
 2003 Batman: Dead End (Short) (characters: Alien - uncredited)
 1997 Alien: Resurrection (characters)
 1997 Bleeders (written by)
 1995 Screamers (screenplay)
 1994 Alien vs. Predator (Video Game) (character: Alien - uncredited)
 1993 Alien vs. Predator (Video Game) (characters)
 1992 Alien³ (Video Game) (characters)
 1992 Alien³ (characters)
 1990 Total Recall (screen story) / (screenplay)
 1986 Aliens (based on characters created by)
 1986 Invaders from Mars (screenplay)
 1985 Lifeforce (screenplay)
 1985 The Return of the Living Dead (screenplay)
  Blue Thunder (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes, 1984) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1984)
- The Island (1984) ... (story)
- Arms Race (1984) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1983 Blue Thunder (written by)
 1981 Heavy Metal (original story - segment "Soft Landing") / (story - segment "B-17")
 1981 Dead & Buried (screenplay)
 1979 Alien (screenplay) / (story)
 1974 Dark Star (original story and screenplay)
 1969 Blood Bath (Short)
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Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

Hollywood is just a machine, they have a process. There's this standing assumption among producers and studios that no script is any good. Every script that they buy or have written must be rewritten by several other authors before they will film it. The trouble is most producers have no judgment. Therefore, if a given draft of a script is excellent and filmable, they can't tell or won't make the... See more »

Trivia:

O'Bannon was reputed to suffer debilitating stress-induced stomach aches (which some detractors attributed to hypochondria). Upon his death, Diane O'Bannon revealed that her husband had been managing Crohn's Disease for about thirty years. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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