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Daniel Thomas O'Bannon (September 30, 1946 – December 17, 2009) was an American film screenwriter, director and visual effects supervisor, usually in the science fiction and horror genres.

In the 1970s, O'Bannon was invited by Alejandro Jodorowsky to create the visual effects for his planned, famously overambitious film adaptation of Dune, with Jodorowsky having been impressed by O'Bannon's work on the John Carpenter film Dark Star.

On Jodorowsky's instruction, O'Bannon sold everything he owned and moved to Paris to work on the film. The film was close to starting production in Algeria when O'Bannon received the telephone call informing him that the film has been cancelled due to a failure to acquire funding.

O'Bannon later wrote the screenplay of Alien, on which his Dune collaborators H. R. Giger, Chris Foss and Jean Giraud worked as designers.

His widow, Diane O'Bannon, is interviewed in the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune.

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