Creative Screenwriting Magazine: Alien

Thursday, January 1st, 2004

The recent Creative Screenwriting Magazine (Volume 10, #5) revealed some amazing history on how Alien came to be:

The largest change the project underwent happened before it was even scripted — converting it from a World War II horror film to a sci-fi thriller. In the summer of 1976 Dan O’Bannon took the opening of his screenplay Memory and stitched it onto the second half of his WWII story Gremlins, which featured lethal gremlins infiltrating a B-17 bomber during a bombing run. O’Bannon then changed the B-17 into a spaceship and wrote a treatment titled Space Beast, which he then expanded into the first Alien script.

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