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UPDATED:Dan O'Bannon - Screenwriter behind Dark Star, Alien, Total Recall, passes away... In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Cry...

Hey folks, Harry here - here's the update on Dan O'Bannon. It seems that he was finally brought down by a battle he'd been waging with Crohn's Disease since before ALIEN. Complications brought about the worst, and now he's gone. The silver lining, if there is one to be found in these dark times, is from his wife, Diane. Here's the letter I received from David Fein, updating us all.

Hi Harry... Thanks for the prompt post, the outpouring of love and respect is getting back to the family. I know I only had a few minutes last night, so here's a little more information. Dan died at 6 PM last night of complications from his 33 year fight with Crohn’s Disease (Giger's Agent and friend of the O'Bannon family, Les Barany speculated that his stomach disease might have been an inspiration for the chestburster). Dan put up a great fight all of these years and is finally at peace. His wife Diane has stated that she has plans to publish much of his unpublished work, and soon we'll all get a chance to appreciate more of his creativity in his absence. Thanks again for helping to get the word out. David

Hey folks, Harry here with sad news. We have had a run of famous deaths recently, in and around the time of BNAT... Gene Barry, Roy Disney... Both tragic deaths. In particular, I had always wanted to meet Roy, he was the familial face of Disney - and someone that fought especially hard to see Eisner go. But just a few moments ago, I received a call from David Fein, you may know him as the amazing producer behind Robert Wise's STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE director's edition. BNATTERS would know that Fein was who secured Wise's special introduction of ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (great film btw). So what does he have to do with Dan O'Bannon? Well, Fein was also the amazing producer behind that stunning ALIEN LEGACY dvd set - that had all that great doc work, thanks to David. Well, David called to tell me Dan O'Bannon had just passed away. Dan had been in the hospital this past week fighting to hang on, but lost the battle not too long ago - and David wanted to alert the world of the passing of one of Geek's great creators. Dan O'Bannon was a great geek creator. He provided the screenplay and served as the Special Effects Supervisor on John Carpenter's first masterpiece, DARK STAR. And it is a science fiction masterpiece. I love DARK STAR and its sentient bomb and bean bag monster like very few things in this world. Dan worked on the computer animation and displays on a tiny film called STAR WARS after that. Remember that animation blueprint on how to blow up the Death Star... ie, the rebel plans? O'Bannon had a hand in that! Then... he was the lead screenwriter on Ridley Scott's little film called ALIEN. Before Dan, there was a blank page. Afterwards we had Ellen Ripley, the Nostromo and the entire legend of the ALIEN. He was responsible for the B-17 sequence of HEAVY METAL, the awesome Helicopter film BLUE THUNDER, the wonderful satire of Romero's Zombie series called THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, my third fave film from Tobe Hooper - LIFE FORCE, the pretty damn fine remake of INVADERS FROM MARS, he got our ass to Mars with TOTAL RECALL... And the number of unmade solid scripts this guy was a part of is legendary. Dan was one of the key creative talents behind 'our' generations' Science Fiction / Horror mythologies. And we all know his name. I really do feel a great sense of loss over Dan's passing. He was someone who was continuing to work, continuing to give people advice and encouragement. He was a helluva guy - and one we'll miss greatly.

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  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Aw crap, not another one.

    by RedEgiraahgnal


  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by Tipsy McStagger


  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by Tipsy McStagger


  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    RIP O'Bannon

    by PresidentLeprechaun

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    It's Total Recall, by the way...

    by Tipsy McStagger

    At least you spelled O'Bannon's name right, though. It's the least you could do on the day he fucking died.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by Tipsy McStagger

    I see you corrected your type. Cheers.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST


    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Man, that's sad news. And at 63, that's just too young. My condoleances to his family and friends.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Now I shall correct my "type"

    by Tipsy McStagger

    or typo. Fuck it. I give up.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Sad news

    by BrooseTheScharuk

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    his was a name synonymous w/ quality stuff..if i saw a production and his name was somehow involved in it..i knew he was bringing the goods(the B-17 segment in "Heavy Metal" comes to mind)..RIP O'Bannon

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    RIP O'Bannon

    by DVader

    But I'm amazed he got a writeup as fast as he did while Roy had to wait days for even a MENTION. Just... weird.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    R.I.P. DAN O'BANNON. He also said that when working on Star Wars, George Lucas (who was a fan of Dark Star) said to him "it was just a beachball?!?".

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Dan O'bannon...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ...was one of the first behind the scenes movie people whose name I learned. That would've been through Alien. ROTLD is one of my favorite zombie movies.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Was O'Bannon the one

    by NoQuarter

    who bitched about how his screenplay had been unjustly marred by the addition of the "evil corporate conspiracy" subplot in Alien? Because that nearly ruined the dvd commentary for me. Nevertheless, I'm sure he was very talented.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Also, I could have done without the namedropping

    by Tipsy McStagger

    Did I really need to hear about your spiel about David Fein and his IMDB write up in O'Bannon's obituary?

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    ...Roy Disney?

    by glenn_the_frog

    So, this guy gets a dedication in no time at all... but still not ol' Roy? This site makes no sense. <p> Still waiting on that Ed McMahon obit too.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Aww shit....

    by Jobacca

    I was just having a geek conversation the other day about how awesome he is and how many awesome movies his name is attached to. Too fucking bad...he was a talent.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by la_sith

    One of the best horror films ever made. Glad I got to see him several months ago at the New Beverly in Los Angeles on an ROTLD panel. I always thought his fascination with Nazism a bit weird, but whatever. Peace.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Huh, did I get banned?

    by DVader

    Why'd my post disappear?

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Well, Roy has actually been mentioned on AICN

    by Tipsy McStagger

    In Dan O'Bannon's obituary. It's an obitaury within an obitaury. Bandwidth is expensive nowadays, you know...

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    RIP Sgt. Pinback :(

    by Gorgomel

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST


    by GavinVanDraven

    that was shaun of the dead for the 80's! goddamn it. Alien is one of the scariest movies ever made... you will be missed Dan

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Some weird stuff's going on, DVader...

    by Anti-fanboy

    I couldn't log in just a bit ago. Anyway, I loved Dan O'Bannon. Remember a great interview of him in Fantastic Films decades ago, and I've been a fan since. Saw DARK STAR not long after. So damn enjoyably goofy. ALIEN... untouchable. I've still got my Fango with RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD as the cover story. Awesome movie in every damn way. I watch it often. His THE RESURRECTED was also a fine low-budget horror movie. It really bums me out that Dan's gone.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST


    by blakindigo

    …<br>…<br>…<br><br>Rest in Peace Mr. O'Bannon. Thank you for everything.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by Neosamurai85

    Alien was next only to Jaws as the most significant film of my childhood. The world he created with Giger and Scott set the bar for my imagination, and for years I've longed to dream of something as powerful and epic and primordial. Then there's the Zombies. My god did that man love some zombies. Zombies on a plan. Zombie/vampires from space (with so much delightful nudity for those, um, coming of age days. And there's his straight up zombies... which also had a lot of nudity. Between the whole feminist thing and not being single, I tend to not post much in the ogling department, but goddamn this man's scripts had a way becoming movies with some of the best nudity my young eyes did see in R rated movies. As a guy alone I feel deeply saddened by by this loss. But seriously, he was a great science fiction writer from the era when science fiction was really, really, really fun on all levels. From the intellectual, to essentially Mathblaster with tits (and no math) Dan O'Bannon was the shit. Greatly missed he will be.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Sad news...

    by DonRivella

    I always hoped that Carpenter and O'Bannon would reconcile and make another movie together. I watched Dark Star the other day and still think it holds up well and is utterly fantastic.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Terrible news, I kept hoping for some kind

    by Spocko

    of comeback project. He was one of the very few that ever captured Lovecraft on film the way it should be done. Sad.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    What a coincindence

    by opteryx

    I've been revisiting the behind the scenes stuff on the quadrilogy set the past two days. He's one of the main reasons I'm such a nerd!

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Don't Forget Dead & Buried

    by BornFilmLover

    Dead & Buried (the 1981 creeper Dan O'Bannon co-wrote with his Aliens partner Ronald Shusett) is a totally underrated horror film. It has a great New England small-town vibe to it (almost Stephen-Kingish), and it has a surprising mean streak without being all that gory. The final twist may be a little easy to figure out, but if you shut off your brain while watching, it may hit you like a ton of bricks. Look for a delightfully overwrought James Farentino, the lovely but acting-impaired Melody Anderson, Northern Exposure's Barry Corbin, a pre-Freddy Robert Englund and Jack Albertson (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Poseidon Adventure, Chico & the Man) has an odd, but meaty little role that he runs with like Hell and adds some dark humor to the proceedings while he's at it. Lastly don't forget genre fave Lisa Blount with a tasty little nude scene. All in all, it's an eerie and fun film with some nice black comedy on the side. But after that tangient, let me also chime in by saying O'Bannon was a great genre talent who will be sorely missed in an era where we could really use some great genre talent.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Sad news indeed. RIP Dan O'Bannon.

    by vic twenty

    Alien is a masterpiece. Best 'monster in a box' horror film ever made. His original screenplay was as creepy ans atmospheric as the film turned out to be. <p> And Return of the Living Dead, that is a Halloween tradition in the Twenty household. Tits-a-plenty and a tar zombie. Deep fried gold. O'Bannon will be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    The rare issue of Cinefantastique that had ROTLD as it's cover story. Anyone who calls themselves a fan of ROTLD should track that issue down because it's LOADED with great behind-the-scenes info. Also got the soundtrack and several copies of the movie on various formats. Like I said, it's my fav.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by marcspector

    I seriously just looked up this guy on IMDB this morning because I loved his screenplays so much... I was so jealous of his talent about 8 hours ago. And now he's dead... Still jealous of his talent. :)

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST


    by Lashlarue

    Dan was terrified when he went to the opening night of Alien. He thought for sure that the filmmakers would make his story more "Hollywood" and commercially acceptable. About 30 minutes into the movie he started crying tears of joy because he knew they had stayed true to his screenplay. <p> RIP Dan O'Bannon

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Yet Michael Bay still lives...

    by MaxTheSilent

    Doesn't seem fair.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Well that just

    by ebolamonkey

    sucks. Thanks for all the great times Dan. How does it feel to be immortal? You know they'll still be watching your work 100 years from now.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    He liked Philip K. Dick

    by Gorgomel

    Besides Total Recall, just look the nod to Ubik with the dead frozen captain in Dark Star. He will be missed

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST

    No, no, no

    by CJJames1

    One of the best and most respected. Thank you, Mr. O'Bannon.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Just paying my respects

    by Gwai Lo

    RIP Dan O'Bannon.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST

    A L I E N

    by Stimpson J Cat

    suck big cock in balls,he's gone.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    It wasn't a bean bag monster in Dark Star

    by quentintarantado

    More like a beach ball monster.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Great guy...

    by andrewsubtitle

    I recently watched his interviews on Alien Quadrilogy and boy, did I liked him! He seemed such an intelligent and humble man.. R.I.P.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Very Sad News...

    by Bones

    In a way it is fitting that he passed away in the 30th anniversary year of ALIEN, the film he is most famous for co-creating. And very, very sad.<p> I had the honor of writing and illustrating a magazine article about ALIEN earlier this year and emphasis of my article was O'Bannon's journey. How he started with Carpenter on Dark Star, which led to him working the aborted 70's version of DUNE and introduced him to the artwork of HR Giger. How he and Ron Shusett created the most unique way to get a monster on a spaceship that anyone had ever thought of...not to mention the most innovative, horrifying and unprecidented birth scene of all time. When the script was bought and he and Shusett pushed out of the project by the new producers who wanted to re-write the script, director Ridley Scott subversively made Dan O'Bannon and Ron Shusett the unofficial heads of the art department, to make sure the film's tone, style and look would always be true to the oringal idea of the film.<p> ALIEN, BLUE THUNDER, TOTAL RECALL, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, LIFEFORCE, SCREAMERS, and my favorite all-time HP Lovecraft adaptation (until Guillermo makes his Mountains of Madness) THE RESURRECTED...He changed genre cinema forever.<p> Bless you, Mr. O'Bannon.<p> And thanks.<p> Jeff Carlisle

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST

    here is an obit from the Guardian for Roy Disney...

    by emeraldboy

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:34 a.m. CST

    That's a hell of a way to start my weekend.

    by V'Shael


  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    I DID forget Dead and Buried.

    by Anti-fanboy

    All that you said, BFL. Fun, eerie, and very atmospheric.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:39 a.m. CST

    So Sad...A Part of Me Just Died

    by FXArtist

    Wow. Harsh news of reality. I look forward to chatting with him on the other side some day.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by spacechampion

    I remember seeing naked cinematic boobs for the first time in LIFEFORCE, and I've been a fan of them ever since. RIP Dan O'Bannon.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Sgt. Pinback

    by blade_walker

    What a bummer, he was great in interviews. I can't believe he was just 63, I remember him looking very old for his age on the Alien DVD.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    "Obviously I didn't mean you were really dead...

    by Zardoz

    ...Dead people don't move around and talk." Thanks, Dan. Rest in peace.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Oh hell, fuck no. :-((((

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    RIP buddy.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    In space...

    by Anything But Tangerines

    nobody cares

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:50 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Dan O'Bannon

    by Munro Kelly

    I was just thinking about him on the Alien DVD, two days ago. I always appreciated his talent and his films. Godspeed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Rest In Peace.

    by Psyclops

    I'm sad to hear about this, especially since he was someone who had such a hand in the creation of one my all time favorite films, ALIEN. That movie, like STAR WARS, was such a strong part of my childhood. I discovered RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD years later but it's another movie that I look back on fondly. May he rest in peace.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST

    bummer this gut was a legend

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Dan O'Bannon version of Dune

    by Man in Suit

    If anyone gets the chance, I recommend reading Jodorowsky's essay about the version of Dune that Dan O'Bannon had written for him. That's one movie I wish we could have seen. R.I.P.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Star wars had a huge effect on

    by emeraldboy

    James Cameron. Reviews for avatar all seem to be saying the same thing. Great looking film. ass. oh and his achilles heel is still dialog. I heard trara brady from hot press film editor say that this movie will suffer on 2d. she saw wall-e on both 2d and 3d. and you lose 30% of 3d on 2d. Hollywood is working on that problem. it should be fixed in 5 to 10 years.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    RIP, Dan

    by ugh

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Left us

    by imp_fx_com

    with some great films. Thanks, Dan. R.I.P.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST


    by Munro Kelly

    I have that issue of Cinefantastique, good issue. I also have other great cover issues like Lifeforce, Alien, Blade Runner, Conan(both issues), Clash of the Titans, The Dark Crystal,CE3K and others. Cinefantastique was a great magazine, to bad it went out the way it did.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Damn! Not Dan!

    by Roderich

    This guy was a hero of mine since the first time i heared about him.<p>Very special person and a funny actor too (he IS "seargeant Pinback" in Dark Star). With Alien he gave the world the most interesting franchise since James Bond and with RotlD one of the funniest horror series. I'm very sad and hope Dan now is in geekhaven somewhere.<p>RIP Dan O'Bannon, you will be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Sad news.

    by KarlKolchak

    He left quite a geek legacy. The world (at least for us movie nerds) is a better place because he was in it.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Uh, Roy Disney.....?

    by Gungan Slayer

    Roy freaking Disney died the other day...and still nothing here on AICN? FOR SHAME. Don't get me wrong, I love Dan O'Bannon and appreciate his contributions to film and sci-fi, bur Roy Disney was certainly an important figurehead in the entertainment industry, especillay for the WDC.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Munro Kelly, I MISS CFQ...SADFACE....

    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:44 a.m. CST


    by BenBraddock

    I really dug that film... that scene in the lab where all the half-animals come alive still cracks me up. And then of course there was ALIEN. RIP Dan.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Still sad about this…Again, thank you Mr. O'Bannon

    by blakindigo

    Rest in peace.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Wow. Im genuially sad at this news. I love ROTLD.

    by Mike_D

    Your legend will live on.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Wow this one actually hits me.

    by drturing

    Dude was a fucking legend.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Sad news.

    by DocPazuzu

    He was a legend indeed. <p> Nice to see shout-outs for Dead and Buried and the Resurrected, the former being a fucked-up, mean-spirited little gem of a horror movie and the latter being one of (if not THE) best Lovecraftian movies ever made. <p> R.I.P.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Drop... Drop!... Drop!... DROP!!!

    by Ray Gamma

    Dark Star is as black and bleak a sci-fi comedy from the seventies ever got. God knows how many sci-fi filmmakers today have been influences in one way or another by that movie. A significant element of Alistair Reynolds' "Revelation Space" was ripped from that movie. That's right, I'm talking about the frozen captain still communicating with the crew despite his fading faculties. </P> <P> Would Duncan Jones have ever made "Moon" if he'd never seen "Dark Star"? </P> <P> Would Danny Boyle have ever made "Sunshine" if he had never seen "Dark Star"? </P> <P> Would E.L.O. have ever made their album "Out Of The Blue" with that fantastic fold-out spaceship artwork if they had never seen "Dark Star"?</P> <P></P> <P> R.I.P. Dan.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:08 a.m. CST

    That was unexpected

    by AsimovLives

    RIP Dan O'Bannon. My sympathis for his family, friends and fans.<br><br>O'Bannon is responsible for the most moving moment in the documentary abpout the making of ALIEN, when he recalls the first time i watched the movie, and how Ridley Scott put into the screen everything he ever wished for, and how tears fell from his eyes from joy. Sad news indeed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    I think the reason that there is no news about roy disney..

    by emeraldboy

    is that this site does not really like the house of mouse. here is where stand on the issue. Walt disney picutres created some of the greatest animation artworks of 20th century. go on youtube and watch the opening of the lion king. that makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. I think that it is possibly anti corporate thing. walt Disney did things at that time that had never been done before. his studio created the whole concept marrying live action and animation. when nobody else did it.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:23 a.m. CST

    a smal correction..

    by emeraldboy

    there was gertie the dinosaur.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Bye, Thanks for the movies

    by L. Ron Bumquist

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST

    oh, and nice obituary Harry, thanks

    by L. Ron Bumquist

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Not cool news....

    by Cervantes

    ....sad to hear of O'Bannon's passing.<P>I'd rather have seen his unused scripts greenlit any day of the week instead of some of the dreck that DID get the go ahead over the years!

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    That's a great shame

    by Chopper3

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:02 a.m. CST

    This really upsets me...

    by Kirbymanly

    I'm without words.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Another one of my heroes gone

    by sansara07

    People get old and die, but it still sucks. I'm 27 but I love the golden age of geek movies and Dan was an architect of that age. We lost Stan Winston over the summer and now Dan O' Bannon. It's really depressing to think that over the next ten years we'll see more and more folks from that golden age pass away. R.I.P

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    So sad to hear this.

    by Thall_Joben

    Whenever I thought of alien Dan's name was always the first that popped into my head, not Cobbb, Giger or Ridley. A cool guy who always seemed to fight like a Spartan to get his projects off the ground while retaining their coolness whenever the studios missed the point. I'll miss him, and his work. RIP.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST

    I'll always remember his name from...

    by Azlam Orlandu father's worn novelization of Alien.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Time to feed the alien...

    by Stale Elvis

    ..."Awww, I don't wanna do that!" Sad news... :(

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:32 a.m. CST

    this fucking SUCKS! Return Of The Living Dead...

    by The_Crimson_King

    is the reason I'm such a fan of zombies, I watched that movie on TNT Monster Vision (remember that?) when I was 8 years old late at night at my grandma's house after she had gone to bed, I remember looking out the window at the dark street expecting to see zombies shambling down it! it's just a shame I didn't see it uncut though because I'm sure Linnea Quigley's classic dance scene would have given me pause for thought!

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:34 a.m. CST

    and Blue Thunder...

    by The_Crimson_King

    I watched that movie last year and really enjoyed it, you gotta love the naked yoga chick

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Dan was my friend...

    by untamedc

    I knew him for a short time recently - we were working on several projects right up until he had to enter the hospital. Another Sci-Fi innovation of Dan's that many people might not be aware of is the "Vertical City" described in his comic book "The Long Tomorrow". Brilliantly realized my Moebius, the design of the city has been copied many times in such films as "Blade Runner", "The 5th Element" and Star War's Coruscant.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:53 a.m. CST

    R.I.P seemed like a cool guy

    by misnomer

    enjoyed his rants about the way the studio handled the Alien sequels.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:56 a.m. CST


    by disfigurehead

    I still have my art of Alien book.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:56 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Dan

    by KillDozer

    Thanks for all the great films.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:57 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr. O'Bannon

    by Genre_Baby

    Condolences to his family and friends. And thanks for the magic...

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Great body of work to leave us with.

    by Gabba-UK

    Many thanks and RIP.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Jones also passed away today

    by scenic

    and no one - not Aint It Cool News, not Nikki Finke, seemingly no one noticed that an icon died today. She was nominated for best actress FIVE times. She was married to David O. Selznick - she worked for Vidor, Minelli, Powell, Pressburger, Wyler, Houston and not a blip. Jesus, what does it take to be remembered? Shame...

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace Danny Boy. )0:

    by Stalkeye

    Thanks for all your contributions for cool shit from the best segment of Heavy Metal to the genre defining that was RoTLD.<p>Sad news indeed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Sorry to hear this one, he really pioneered

    by JT Kirk

    A tragic loss. It doesn't say what he died from, but I hope he didn't suffer too much. Incredible that a guy whose page resulted in a half-inflated beach ball creature could have the strength of character to go back to the concept and turn it into "Alien".<p>PS, Tipsy McStagger, fuck you and your "first". Who gives a shit that they are the first TBer on a thread like this? A selfish dick, it seems. It ain't about you, it's about Dan O'Bannon.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:08 a.m. CST


    by Star Hump

    don't go Dan.<p> RIP

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Send more paramedics!

    by SebastianHaff

    This is a total shock for me. He wasn't one of the guys I was worried about. Romero and Carpenter I keep dreading, but this guy, I think I sort of took him for granted. Especially since I read his Ru Morgue interview a few years back, where he was so incredibly humble and talked about getting some more projects out there. I just got used to him being alive somewhere in the world being awesome... and now he isn't here anymore. This fucking sucks. Rest in peace, sir.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:13 a.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    I hate this world.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    rest in peace

    by cifra

    a truly sad day, one of the big names that would never been recognised awards-wise, even if he made 100 deserving movies.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Great Writers Never Die


    As long as their work remains, so too do they.<p>R.I.P

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6 a.m. CST

    Great talent, he will be missed

    by JettL93

    one of the great screenwriters to walk this earth, those of us in his field aswell as fans alike will miss him greatly. RIP Dan

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Another one Bites the Dust...

    by BARDO

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace, Bill Frugge

    by Dasinfogod

    Pinback's underwear is too tight...

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    RIP Dan.

    by Zombieflicker

    You directed the greatest movie of all time, ROTLD. I watched that movie at least 100 times when I was teenager. It had it all. Gore, suspense, laughs, awesome nudity, scarry legless little zombie, Tarman, awesome nudity, gore. I could go on and on. Thank you sir!

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    O'Bannon R.I.P......meanwhile...

    by BARDO

    ...we're left with shit heads like Paul W.S. Anderson to fuck up our beloved franchises

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST

    HE also created Farscape!!!!!!

    by jonstclaire30

    This show was inspiring, great sci-fi..

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Total Recall ...

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    ... isn't getting enough love on this thread. C'mon, it's near- perfect. Certainly the first - and still the best - crossover movie between space opera and cyberpunk styles of science fiction movies.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST

    he was mentioned in the

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:32 a.m. CST

    a song i was listening to just the other day

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame


  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by pokadoo

    Thats not good news. R.I.P, sir!

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Bye Bye Mr. Dan

    by noiseman

    I just created an AICN account only to pay my respects !!

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:02 a.m. CST

    alien extras

    by notkinski

    with Dan are really nice. RIP sir.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST


    by SeXX ED

    ... my sincerest condolences to everyone touched by this supremely talented man's passing. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, my all-time O'Bannon favorite. Rest in peace.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST

    No way man,no way :( RIP Mr Bannon

    by ominus

    all the greats are gone :(

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Freeberg's Finest, Haven't talked to you in years, you'll be mis

    by ShiniGamiSan

    Wow, just saw on IMDB that you were born in 1946. You never seemed that much older than me. I'll never forget the Archon, where we came back to the room to talk with Joe Haldeman about Forever Wars, and opened the door, and there were maybe 50 people playing D&D, and they told us there wasn't room for us, to go away. Alien was just a re-write of "It!, The Terror from Beyond Space" and Dark Star was something to laugh about. My best to his family, I wonder if they still live here.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Sad news

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I just watched Return of the Living Dead two weeks ago...truly, a geek's geek and great writer. Off you go, like that guy joining up with the meteor shower at the end of Dark Star.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    He was visiting faculty at Chapman University

    by Frat Boy

    While I was a film student there. I took a class he taught. Seemed like a decent and incredibly talent man. I had a friend who was in awe of Mr. O'Bannon and happened to ask Dan's opinion of Minority Report. He told my friend to fuck off right to his face. True story.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    RIP sir

    by palimpsest

    I'll pay tribute with the ALIEN quadrilogy box set thingy tonight...

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Brains, brains, brains!

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    While I'm not a big fan of the campy, brain-obsessed talking dead, O'Bannon was a great mind who created an amazing lexicon of geekology. RIP

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    See "Dark Star"

    by Moonwatcher

    for O'Bannon's hilarious performance as a bored crew member. By the way, it was a beach ball monster, not a bean bag. Rest in peace, Dan - you left a lot of grateful people behind.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    every time this site reviews a disney movie..

    by emeraldboy

    Somebody keeps mentioning Jim hill. Jim Hill doesnt like Disney.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by Shoegeezer

    An obituary talkback is no place for your running "joke". Show some class.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    My dad went to high school with him.

    by NinjaRap

    He was a geek even then, writing sci-fi stories by himself during lunch hours. He doesn't even look that different in his yearbook photos than he did in the interviews on the Alien disks. Great guy, so cool, and he created my favorite franchise (and creature) of all time.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I'd like to know about scripts he couldn't sell.

    by kabong

    Probably would have made better movies than Boborci and his buddy churning out Transformers crap.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    goodbye Dan

    by Keysor Soze

    I'm 47 now but I remember watching Dark Star in the early 1970s in a drive in theater It was very funny and then came ALIEN from this funny and smart man God Bless You Dan thanks for the laughs and nightmares.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    I'll gladly offer my brainnnnssss...

    by ballyhoo

    just so he could return to us.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Related to Rockne S. O'Bannon?

    by Gregorso

    Was the creator of Alien Nation and Farscape Dan's brother?

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    RIP Dan O'Bannon

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Creator of my favorite film of all time. Alien taught me what film can be when everyone involved raises their game. As impactful a movie to me as Star Wars. A true eye-opener and a work of genius, and it all started with a script from this man.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    This one hit me pretty hard.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    As one of the Guest Relations people at Wonderfest, I'm also doing a bit of programming this year, and "Return of the Living Dead" is one of the sub-themes this year as we're inviting a number of cast members. ROTLD is a popular film here in Louisville as it serves as the setting for the film, and I've always been disappointed that Dan O'Bannon didn't ever seem to realize that he made a great film. He seemed to always be blinded by his closeness to the project and his grand vision for it which he felt the film did not live up to. We all know the truth; it's one of the best non-Romero zombie films ever made and a true EC comics adaption.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Sgt. Pinback, it's your turn to feed the worms

    by Dr Lizardo

    Sorry, it was tacky but I couldn't help myself. Maximum respect for Dark Star and Alien. RIP

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Nice Guardian tribute

    by Shoegeezer


  • Dec. 18, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Dan The Man....

    by Wired Earp

    Always had a soft spot for the man. Now it will turn hard and dark. See you later sir...

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Afterwards we had Ripley ... Not ELLEN Ripley

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Just sayin'

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Thank You, Mr. O'Bannon...

    by Stryder

    ...For all the great stories. You will be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    This sucks.

    by ewokstew

    As a life long sci-fi geek O'Bannon is a name I've been growing up with since I was a kid. The first time I saw his name was in Heavy Metal magazine when he wrote a Moebius illustrated story called "The Long Tomorrow" Then, (or before then) it was ALIEN. After that I saw his name quiet frequently and always got a smile on my face knowing that whatever it was that he was attached to was going to provide some level of goodness. This makes me want to see if I can go visit Ron Cobb before he passes. I need to meet some of my heroes and haven't yet.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Thank you Dan... for my nightmares

    by impossibledreamers

    That was not a sarcastic remark. Dan O'Bannon's work gave me chills - either from the idea of alien horror or the paranoia of a police helicopter that could spy on you right outside your door. And all of it, felt very, very real. Some may say that he was fortunate to have his work paired with some great directors and producers. I'm sure though, they would say the opposite and that it was their good fortune his words and ideas found their hands. His sci-fi was generally nuts and bolts, very grounded and believable so you focused on the story and the characters. Blue Thunder was a cool chopper, but it was the pilot who centered it. The alien was frightening beyond belief, but it was Ripley, Dallas and the others who made us feel just as trapped on the Nostromo. When I was 12, I saw Heavy Metal in the theatre (yes I know it was an R movie). The B-17 story gave me nightmares for days. But, that film was one of a handful that helped me want to be a screenwriter. Blue Thunder and Alien are in that list too. Thanks Dan... for the nightmares.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    First Timer on sad day

    by AlexdeLarge655321

    I have visited this site for two years as a lurker. I had to create an account just for the purpose of commenting on the loss of Dan O'Bannon. He's a legend in my eyes. I've been speaking his name to everyone I knew and telling them how much influence he had on movies; alas it is a name familiar only to the geeks among us.I saw ROTLD (in my top 10 favorite movies of all time) in the theaters as a teen and fell in love with his talent on that day. Sad day, this. Sad.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Mr Beaks

    by AlexdeLarge655321

    You, sir, are a massive tool. Top 100 indeed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Dan does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    This guy KNEW sci-fi. Left behind a legacy of adult, artisitic and yet always entertaining - science fiction.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    AlexdeLarge, hahaha. You made your first post today, a nice respectful comment in an obit.<p. Post number two - hahhaahaha. You been holding that one in for a couple of weeks Al?

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    But post number two... hahaha. You been holding that one in for a couple of weeks Al?

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by AlexdeLarge655321

    I'll save my rants for another, more appropriate post. But yes I've been holding it in.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Forgot Pirate Latitudes...

    by saurianentertainment

    Someone needs to get Dan's unpublished screenwriting book out of the drawer and out in stores! It'd be the perfect tribute and an important screenwriting text to be sure!

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    It's a cryin' shame. Sincerely.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    This guy genuinely wanted...

    by SK229

    to make a great science fiction/horror film that transcended the genre(s)... and he did! As opposed to at least 60% of the writers and directors making it today, who seem to be in it to fuck and snort blow off of models while hitting all the Hollywood night spots. I always go by what I perceive someone's intentions to be, and it's clear that Dan just wanted to do good work. Luckily, we have people like Neill Blomkamp and Duncan Jones to carry the torch... because like I said, regardless of whether or not you like their movies, think they're derivative, etc., we should always at least acknowledge the people who seem to be genuinely trying, rather than hacking it for the studio to stay fat and rich enough to keep their dicks wet. Rest in peace Dan.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    "Send more cops."


    Thanks Dan. Your vision inspired my dreams and sometimes nightmares. - thanks

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by Major Hockshtetter

    I wanted to jump in and say something about O'Bannon and his obvious integrity but you said it better than I ever could. Here-here.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    RIP Dan'o

    by backfromthedead

    Christ, Heaven must be getting WAY overcroweded with all decent people. How about we loose a few of the cunts just for a change eh God? Just to even things out a bit down here.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Dan O'Bannon (wheres the trioxin)

    by the_mighty_boosh

    now lets find some Trioxin get this great writer and creator back on his feet and i'm sure we can find him a healthy supply of brains to live off so he can write us some more classics the world is a saddder place now :(

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Best part of the movie even though there were no cartoon tits. We've lost soo many greats in the last year or so.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I didn't know of him until now.

    by Traumnovelle

    So there's another plus from his passing. A whole new legion of fans that love him. Evidently he wrote some of my favorite movies of all time. I feel slightly ashamed for not recognizing him earlier on for his work. Anyway, Rest In Peace Dan O' Bannon. A legend.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I'll never forget his pitch for ALIEN

    by PowersBootheForDKR

    "I've got it! The creature has sex with your face!"...At least i remember it being him, RIP, Sir.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Will JettL be working on the funeral

    by JeanGrey_X23_lesboSex

    that guys the hardest working dude in show biz

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Embeedeuce

    Just Another F*cking Obituary.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I owe this guy my life.

    by rob5d4

    Don't know where I'd be without his inspiration. Thanks, Dan.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    One of the few....

    by Albean

    Real legends...

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Another Gem From O'Bannon...

    by romanxp47

    Was "The Resurrected", his adaptation of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and for my money still the most satisfying Lovecraft film to date. RIP

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    a great writer

    by brabon300

    who suffered more than he desevered to<p> he is in a better place now

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Always standing up to the Suits.

    by venvariants

    My favorite thing about Dan was that he was always in the face of authority. I really admired that he stood up to the forces that be and wasn't afraid to say it like it was in the system. A sad loss.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I Miss Him Already...

    by WilliamStout

    Dan O'Bannon was one of the most fascinating characters I ever met. His brilliant screenplays were deeply rooted in his own private neuroses; I think that's why his stories seemed so real and were so effective. He gave me a huge break in the film business, making me the production designer on Return of the Living Dead. It was a real trial by fire, that one. We remained friends throughout the years. I always enjoyed seeing him at the various TROTLD events once that film had achieved Cult Classic status. As interesting and compelling as he was as a screenwriter, he was just as spellbinding and fascinating as a human being. O'Bannon was his own man; he marched to his own drummer and woe to those who tried to alter his highly idiosyncratic syncopated beat. He is irreplaceable. Peace & Love, Dan. Already you are deeply missed, my friend.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST



    Dan O'Bannon is a talent that will be truly missed. It's just too bad more of his work didn't make it to the big screen, because I'm certain we would be talking about those as well as the things he did participate in. Dan...if you're listening, thanks for all the great gave genre fans some of the best memories of the past thirty years or so. And on a personal note, thanks for giving me the idea for a screen name. I will not forget you!

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    See you at the party, O'Bannon!

    by Liberty Valance

    The eternal party that is the afterlife, that is. Rest in Peace.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    RIP Dan

    by England's Finest

    Per Ardua ad Astra

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Crohn’s Disease

    by JEFFJ8

    Coming from someone who has had Crohn’s Disease for only a few years, I am truly sad he suffered with this disease for 33 years. On your good days you can forget you have it. If you have more than a couple of bad days you can really wish you were dead. I can only hope he didn’t suffer too much. RIP

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    RIP Dan

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    He has been a huge influence in genre film making. What issues were there between him and John Carpenter though?

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Wow, first Roy Disney and now Dan O'Bannon.

    by Jamie McBain

    This is shaping up, to one crummy end of the year, so far.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I love him on...

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    the behind the scenes features on the Alien Quadrilogy. He's such a lovable crumudgeon.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Anything But Tangerines

    by Bramton1

    You're at the wrong site. You must have meant to type "" I'm sure you need your fill of Jen/Angelina/Brad.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Jonesy the Cat was the real protagonist in Alien

    by Flako

    James Cameron is a smart guy, but he's really a trucker when it comes to understanding narrative structure. Jonesy was the protagnist in Alien, not Ellen Ripley. This is a major creative loss today.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Funny guy

    by MattHooper

    Had lunch with some people couple of times two years ago. Dan was among them. Very funny and charming guy. Kind'a kooky, but that's one of the things everybody loved about him.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    somebody get some light over here, Trash is taking off her clothes again! RIP

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:38 p.m. CST

    by Stegman84

    I can't believe most people seem to have forgotten the extremely under-rated Dead & Buried, which he also wrote, and which is one of my personal favourite little seen (at the time at least) early 80's horror movies.<p> But this news. Damn. That just ruined my night. I've been a huge Dan O'Bannon fan for almost as long as I've been a movie fan, he had a unique voice able to twist the standard genre fare into something better, more enjoyable and more unique than what most simply wrote off as cheap b-movies, and he never really got his full due. He also had a respect for the genre and for genre audiences that most filmmakers seem to lack & see as disposable. He didn't see it as merely a stepping stone to something better, but he saw horror and sci-fi as valid and important genres that deserved as much care and attention as any other genre would be given. He was an unabashed defender of the flame. He was also quite the personality, from every interview I've read, audio commentary I've heard, and interview with him that I've seen. And he will be missed. The world of genre cinema truly is a lesser place without him.<p> Still, Dark Star, Alien, Dead & Buried, Heavy Metal, Return of the Living Dead (which he also directed, superbly as it so happens), Total Recall, The Resurrected (the only other film he ever directed, based on Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and well worth tracking down if you can find it), Blue Thunder and even slightly lesser works like Invaders from Mars, Lifeforce, and Screamers still make for a pretty damn neat genre resume, even if he did frequently suffer from the old hollywood curse of someone buying his scripts, and then often rewriting them without his input, filtering out some of the original depth and intent of the piece in exchange for 'bigger, faster, louder', as I had seen him wax lyrical about. I often thought it was a shame that his version of Dune that he was working on in the 70's fell apart and never came to fruition. And on top of that he even worked on the original Star Wars to boot, as part of the effects unit, after Lucas saw his work doing the same on John Carpenter's Dark Star - which technically should be John Carpenter & Dan O'Bannon's Dark Star, given O'Bannon's contributions as actor, editor, co-writer, fx supervisor and production designer. What a legend. And yet he probably won't even get a remembrance during the upcoming Oscars 'In Memorium' segment, which I'm already angry about. I mean hell, 24 hours later and his death has hardly even been reported. That's the reward you get for being genuinely talented, rather than just being a 'star' I guess.<p> Rest in peace Dan. And thanks for leaving behind so many great movies than I can remember you by.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by Dead_Geek

    R.I.P Dan O'Bannon. You'll be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Return of the Living Dead...

    by Captain Happy

    is one of the best zombie movies of all time. Dan O'Bannon was a gifted filmmaker & writer with a mischievous touch that has seldom been matched in by his industry peers. Dan, thank you & I send my sympathies to the family. You will be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Crap, typo!

    by Captain Happy

    Return of the Living Dead is one of the best zombie movies of all time. Dan O'Bannon was a gifted filmmaker & writer with a mischievous touch that has seldom been matched by his industry peers. Dan, thank you & I send my sympathies to the family. You will be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 10:29 p.m. CST

    The resurrected = one of the finest Lovecraft...

    by Gluecifer

    adapations ever. Great movie, crime it's not out on DVD. Crime to not have mentioned it in that article...

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    "I'm hot"

    by The_Crimson_King

    "yeah, you are hot!"

  • Dec. 18, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Do you wannna paaaaaaaaaarrrrttyyyy

    by Cinemanimetal

    It's party time! Dan O'Bannon did some really awesome stuff! As well as Alien and ROTLD he also co-wrote Dead and Buried which I found to be pretty fun.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    R.I.P sir.

    by otm shank

    Thank you for helping bring about some of my favorites. Especially ALIEN.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST


    by affleck bomb phantoms

    A sad loss indeed, a lot is said about Ridley's direction in Alien and Verhoven and Arnie for Total Recall, but O'Bannon's mind was perfectly suited for Sci-Fi, perfectly blending big ideas with spectacular action for the masses. He will be missed.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

    Abe Vigoda will outlive everyone!! All hail the great Abe Vigoda!!

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I Used to See His Name Written...

    by WriteFromLeft

    ...on orders awaiting pickup at the photocopy store around the corner from me in Santa Monica. Probably duplicates of scripts he'd written. I never met him, but his name will always mean something to me, no matter how much of "Alien" belongs to Ridley Scott.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I knew Dan

    by evilbaby

    as I was behind the internet campaign to get "The Return of the Living Dead" (and then "The Resurrected") released on DVD. Dan was EXTREMELY gracious with his time, talking to me on numerous occasions and then when work began on the DVD, updating me on what was being done and what to expect all so I could update my site and fans could wait with eager anticipation. Thank you so much Dan for all the great work you have given the world. BTW, "The Resurrected" WAS released on DVD by Lions Gate (though as a crappy, full screen only version with no extra features) but I believe it's out of print now. You still might be able to snag used copies.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Wait, I thought Ripley was a man...

    by boogel

    and only cast later as a woman. So did they actually write the part for a woman and I'm just remembering wrong.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    The Long Tomorrow

    by jiblets

    Dan O'Bannon wrote a noir/scifi short story that Moebius illustrated (I think they new each other from working on Jodoworsky's failed attempt at DUNE - thank god that whacked out mess never made it to celluloid). It was featured in Metal Hurlant and Heavy Metal magazine in the late 70s, and both Ridley Scott and William Gibson point to it as being a major influence and inspiration in their most famous works, 'Bladerunner' and 'Neuromancer'.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Harold-Jennifer Jones/Gene Barry don't rate?

    by Sal_Bando

    Really? Richard Todd?? You know what? You suck sometimes. You do.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    This great man's CV is pure gold

    by deathwish6

    I can't begin to put into words how amazing his scripts are. There's an original draft of Blue Thunder that's astonishing. Love em all. Got to love the scope of Lifeforce. Catch you Later.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    forgotten deaths and O'Bannon's development deals

    by filmfanatic1

    I agree with Sal. We should at least acknowledge these people's deaths, not to mention Val Avery. And does anybody on this thread know anything about THEY BITE or SILVATICUS 3015, O'Bannon's last development deals?

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Dan O'bannon most underrated contributor to 70s and 80s scifi

    by awepittance

    he will be missed

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by Turingtestee

    Time to throw on ROTLD.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Dan O'Bannon

    by Mozalien

    I am so immensely saddened that such a profound artist and visionary has passed on. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life. I was privileged to see Alien when I was a child. I will cherish his work always. May his art live on and may his family, friends, and fans celebrate his legacy for years to come. Rest in peace, Mr. O'Bannon. Thank you for your brilliance.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST


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  • Dec. 19, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Obituaries are not a competition

    by micbenxyy

    Dan O'Bannon was a god among men, and the rest of those who passed recently were vermin-scum who fouled the earth with their existence. Or Not.

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Gone to Benson, Arizona

    by kurgan1

    the same stars in the sky :(

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    he died from Crohns disease?! WTF?

    by Bullet_time_Facehugger

    I know its says complications, but what the fuck, seriously? I knew that it could ruin a good couple of weeks for someone, but I didn't know it could kill you...

  • Dec. 19, 2009, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Breaks my heart...

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Why do all the worst seem to flourish in health, yet the great ones like O'Bannon have to struggle and suffer so goddamn much?</p> <p>Would've loved to have known you Dan...R.I.P.

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Thank you for everything - especially TOTAL RECALL

    by Mr Gorilla

    God I love that movie.

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Jodo's DUNE


    Dan looked pretty frail in 2007 "In Search of Moebius" documentary, and was still smoking quite a bit. What an amazing life, didn't know he was to be the FX guy for Jodo's DUNE.

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Get your ahss to Heaven!!!

    by TheWaqman

    Cheesy tagline, but I mean it. You will be missed Dan O'Bannon. You wrote some good shit.

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 4:57 a.m. CST

    "I wouldn't fly with 'im for a bull that pissed Jack Daniels"

    by Fortunesfool

    RIP. A great loss at a time when great writers are very hard to find.

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    "BRAAAAINSSSS !!!!!"

    by workshed

    We have Dan to thank for probably the best single word line in the Horror genre. RIP PINBACK.!

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    What a great life!

    by heyscot

    My sympathies to his family, but what a great life! His many accomplishments brought so many people joy and wonderment. Thank you, Dan.

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Dan O'Bannon As Speaker

    by BigEddieCalzone

    I brought speakers to our college campus through our science fiction student organization. I remember calling Dan's agent, trying to scope out what Dan's price was to come speak for two days. His agent said, "So you'll put him up for two days and throw a patty melt at him every now and then?" Never met anyone kinder and more wiling to give in Hollywood than Dan.

  • Dec. 21, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    rest in peace Sgt Pinback - LET THERE BE LIGHT!

    by Maniaq

    that photo sure brings back memories... ahh sad news indeed - we lost a real treasure

  • Dec. 21, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    O'Bannon was a GOD!!!

    by Dark Doom

    RIP sir, from Dark Star to everything cool about sci-fi, there was O'Bannon.

  • Dec. 22, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    LIFEFORCE on Blu-Ray please!

    by Gorgomel

  • Dec. 22, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST


    by Bones

    Great to see you on these boards, sir.<p> I wish it was under different circumstances. Tar Man is still one of the creepiest onscreen creatures of all time.

  • Dec. 23, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST

    who cares what you could have done without tipsy

    by benzinbullock

  • Dec. 23, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    your not reveiwing a movie

    by benzinbullock

  • Dec. 23, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see a collected works from his wife

    by ewokstew

    showing his unpublished stuff. It'd be great if there were some story ideas that Moebius and others could illustrate. I'd be first in line to buy that. Once again, RIP. Mr. O'Bannon.

  • Dec. 24, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    RIP Dan

    by Lornsorrow

    Thank you so much Dan for Alien, and for Total Recall, and all the other great things you've given us. I'll never forget seeing Dark Star for the first time as a teen in the 80's. I was blown away, and laughed so hard. You brought such joy, whether your creations where of light or of shadow! When all is said and done, you are a legend in the true sense of the word. And I think out out all the creations you graced us with, none shines more brightly than a dark A L I E N creature that we've had the pleasure time and time again to confront and defeat in the depths of space. Maybe no one can really hear us scream in space Dan, but your legend surely spans the universe. Of all the legends and tales of space ever created, I think yours is one of the most powerful, and one that I will always enjoy to think about when I look up into space in the dark night.

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