Dan O'Bannon (I) (1946–2009)


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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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Alien Writer
(1979)
Dark Star Writer
(1974)
Aliens Writer
(1986)

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  Untitled Alien Prequel (based on characters created by) (announced)
 2019 Alien: Ore (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2019 Alien: Specimen (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2019 Alien: Alone (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2019 Alien: Containment (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2019 Alien: Harvest (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2019 Alien: Night Shift (Short) (based on characters created by)
 2017 Alien: Covenant (based on characters created by)
 2014 Alien: Isolation (Video Game) (characters)
 2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines (Video Game) (created by: Alien - uncredited)
 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 Alien vs. Predator ("Alien" characters) / (screen story)
 1997 Alien: Resurrection (characters)
 1997 Hemoglobin (written by)
 1995 Screamers (screenplay)
 1994/I Alien vs. Predator (Video Game) (character: Alien - uncredited)
 1994/II Alien vs. Predator (Video Game) (characters)
 1992 Alien³ (Video Game) (characters)
 1992 Alien 3 (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)
 1980 Phobia (uncredited)
 1979 Alien (screenplay by) / (story by)
 1974 Dark Star (original story by) / (screenplay by)
 1969 Blood Bath (Short)
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Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[explaining his unused concept for Total Recall (1990) in an April 1991 interview] That wasn't supposed to be a three-fingered Martian handprint [on the machine]. That was supposed to have been a print of [Quaid's] hand which matched only his hand. Quaid, Earth's top secret agent, went to Mars and entered this compound. The machine killed him and created a synthetic duplicate. He is that ... See more »

Trivia:

Dan O'Bannon had been working on the screenplay for Screamers (1995) as early as 1981. The October 10, 1984, draft credits Michael Campus as co-writer. It is unknown whether Campus also intended to direct. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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