Dan O'Bannon

Screenwriter, Director, Animator
While attending USC, Dan O'Bannon met John Carpenter and the pair collaborated on the short, "Dark Star" (1970), about astronauts overwhelmed by technology. With the minuscule budget of $60,000, Carpenter expanded the ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1946 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Writer (23)

Prometheus 2012 (Movie)

(from elements created by) (Source Material)

Total Recall 2012 (Movie)

(screenplay/screen story from 1990 motion picture: "Total Recall") (Source Material)

Total Recall 2012 (Movie)

Screen Story By (Story By)

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem 2007 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Alien vs. Predator 2004 (Movie)

(based on characters: "Alien") (Source Material)

Alien vs. Predator 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

Hemoglobin 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alien Resurrection 1997 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Screamers 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Total Recall 1990 (Movie)

(From Story)

Total Recall 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lifeforce 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Return of the Living Dead 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue Thunder 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer

Blue Thunder 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead and Buried 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heavy Metal 1981 (Movie)

(From Story)

Alien 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

Alien 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

The Resurrected 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Return of the Living Dead 1985 (Movie)

(Director)
Art Department (2)

Heavy Metal 1981 (Movie)

artist (Art Department)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

(Production Designer)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

(Special Effects)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

special effects photography (Photography)
Actor (1)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

Pinback (Actor)
Editor (1)

Dark Star 1974 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (1)

Alien 1979 (Movie)

visual design consultant (Consultant)

Biography

While attending USC, Dan O'Bannon met John Carpenter and the pair collaborated on the short, "Dark Star" (1970), about astronauts overwhelmed by technology. With the minuscule budget of $60,000, Carpenter expanded the project into a feature--now considered a minor genre classic--in 1974. O'Bannon was along, serving in a number of capacities, including scripting, editing and even playing one of the leading roles. This witty but bleak alternative to high quality films (i.e., Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey") was described by its creators as "'Waiting for Godot' in outer space." Mishandled in its initial distribution, "Dark Star" garnered cult status as a popular fixture on the college circuit in the late 70s.

Relationships

Thomas Sidney O'Bannon

Father

Bertha O'Bannon

Mother

Diane Lindley

Wife
married in 1986

EDUCATION

MacMurray College

Abilene , Texas 1966 - 1968

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California 1970
first met John Carpenter

School of Fine Arts, Washington University

St Louis , Missouri 1964 - 1966

Milestones

1996

Co-wrote screenplay for "Screamers"; second script adapted from a Philip K Dick story

1992

Directed "The Resurrected"

1990

With Schusett, provided the story and served as one of the scripters of "Total Recall", adapted from a story by Philip K Dick

1986

Reteamed with Jakoby and Hooper for remake of "Invaders From Mars"

1985

With Jakoby, co-wrote script for "Lifeforce", directed by Tobe Hooper

1985

Directorial debut, "Return of the Living Dead"; also scripted

1983

First screen collaboration with Don Jakoby, co-wrote screenplay for "Blue Thunder"

1979

With Ronald Schusett, devised original story for the sci-fi hit "Alien"; wrote screenplay

1974

Assisted Carpenter on feature length version of "Dark Star"; worked as actor, production designer, special effects technician and screenwriter

1969

With John Carpenter, collaborated on a Master's thesis project, a short film "Dark Star"

Worked on developing a feature based on Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic "Dune"; project was aborted

Worked on George Lucas' "Star Wars" as a computer animator

Made short film "Bloodbath", about a man who commits suicide in a bathtub

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