R.I.P. Dan O’Bannon

Cripes, this is starting to read more like obituaries rather than a blog. Quite a lot of cult celebrities have passed away this year and the newest joining the afterlife is Dan O’Bannon, who will remain inevitably known as the screenwriter of the original Alien (ever hear of that one?). But wait, Mr. O’Bannon was also credited with one of the best adaptations of a Philip K. Dick story ever with Screamers and without question the best adaptation of a H.P. Lovecraft story with The Resurrected, based on The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, a movie that he also directed. Other notable credits include the writing of Dark Star along with John Carpenter, Dead & Buried (which is a must-see horror movie), Total Recall, Return Of The Living Dead, which he also directed, and special effects in Star Wars. Yes, the man was a giant and he will be sorely missed.

5 Responses to “R.I.P. Dan O’Bannon”

  1. Vlad says:

    Meh, bad news indeed. After Kubric, Dan is the second “celeb” I’m really going to miss…

  2. MoP says:

    Wow, those are some impressive credits indeed. A shame.
    And yeah, You’re going to have to step it up with the content to even it out, if the Reaper keeps going at it (good lord, that’s one awkward sentence)…

  3. Agustín says:

    Yeah, the Reaper surely could direct his attention to other less desirable human beings :(

  4. Karla says:

    Yes, I noted with much sadness the passing of the venerable Mr. O’Bannon who, to me, will first and foremost remain inevitably known as having worked with one Mr Carpenter on Dark Star. I *love* that movie. Dan was only 63, which I don’t consider old at all. It’s just not fair!

    I have The Alien Saga, which is comprised of documentaries on the making of all four Alien films, on DVD. It features interviews with both Dan and writing partner Ronald Shusett. He was definitely quite a character and had some great memories to share.

    I was also much aggrieved by the death of Stan Winston in June 2008. I can’t believe it’s been that long ago. The night before I heard the news I had watched a DVD of the remake of She Creature, on which Stan was a producer and Stan Winston Studios did the SFX. (Well, I guess it was really a remake of War of the Colossal Beast, but why quibble — they called it She Creature.) I had also listened to Stan’s commentary track, which I thought was interesting and funny. Then BAM, the next day, he was dead at age 62. Not fair again!

    I will always and forever miss both of these extremely talented men.

  5. Agustín says:

    Indeed, it’s quite unsettling to see all these talents fade away. They’re irreplaceable, I doubt anyone will ever reach the heights of all the work they did.

    Incidentally, todays movie pick was a true gem directed by Dan O’Bannon which was also mentioned on this post :)