Dan O'Bannon passed away yesterday at the age of 63. O'Bannon began his influential motion picture career in 1974 when he and fellow movie veteran, John Carpenter, adapted their student film Dark Star into a cult-favorite, feature-length theatrical movie. As either a writer, special effects technician, editor, or director, Dan O'Bannon worked on the following genre-busting favorites: Star Wars, Alien, Dead & Buried, Heavy Metal (animated), Blue Thunder, Lifeforce, The Return of the Living Dead, the 1986 remake of Invaders from Mars, Total Recall, The Resurrected and Screamers.
O'Bannon was also the writer of the influential comic book story "The Long Tomorrow", which was originally published in Metal Hurlant (and later in Heavy Metal) magazine, with art by Jean "Moebius" Giraud. This work heavily influenced director Ridley Scott's science-fiction film Blade Runner, director John Carpenter's film, Escape From New York and cyberpunk author William Gibson's stories.
Condolences go out to O'Bannon's family, friends and fans.