Daniel O’Bannon, famed screenwriter, director, and special effects artist, died this Thursday. O’Bannon, 63, was best known for writing famed horror/science-fiction film, Alien, and co-writing other hits such as Blue Thunder and Total Recall.
With a career spanning more than three decades, O’Bannon was one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed science-fiction writer and director. His career began in 1974, after working on the low-budget sci-fi film Dark Star, alongside director John Carpenter. O’Bannon’s early work showed promise, as Roger Ebert gave Dark Star three stars, calling it “one of the damnedest science-fiction movies I’ve ever seen.”
O’Bannon later went on to write the script for Alien, Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi classic.
O’Bannon died December 17 at St. John’s Hospital, in Santa Monica, California, after succumbing to a decades-long battle with Chron’s disease. He is survived by his son, Adam.