Daniel Thomas O’Bannon can be considered one of the most low-profile scriptwriting geniuses that the science fiction genre has to offer. He was responsible for writing the first Alien film (at first known as Star Beast) as well as the ultimate cult classic of science fiction films- Heavy Metal (1981).
O’Bannon was and is a playful writer, engaging absurd ideas into his scripts to give each story equal amounts of humor, fear and philosophical thought. However, he maintained a low profile throughout his career, even to the point of his death. He did not even notify anyone (besides his wife) that he was suffering of Crohn’s disease.
O’Bannon is a mysterious enigma much like the scripts that he wrote out during his long career. Insightful, funny and engaging, his work will surely be an influencing factor on writers for years to come.
Written by:Dan O'Bannon (Screenplay), Ronald Shusett (Writer)
Script Synopsis:During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.
Films set in outer space, dealing with extra terrestrial elements and man’s quest for the search of life elsewhere in the universe have been a constant source of fascination for the audience and revenue for Hollywood. These movies, through years, have captured all the fears, hopes, struggle as well as the technological advancement of mankind to perpetuate the space quest. Although before 60s, space film did exist in one form or other, it was really after man set food on Moon that the production of space movies accelerated. While many of them severely lacked imagination and were not much appreciated critically, some of the films contained all the essential elements of art and human imagination.
Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey came out in 1968 and it was one of the most debated about films of the year. The explored such themes as the origins of humanity and the technological advancements of mankind. This and other similar films then set in outer space continued the capture the avid attention of the viewers throughout the world. With the advancement of technology, the special effects being utilized in space films have also increased considerably and they continue to improve.