Moebius, O’Bannon And ‘The Long Tomorrow’

Another unsung trivia nugget unearthed by greg moss.

Seeing how comic book artist Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud recently joined Ralph McQuarrie in that big art studio in the sky, I thought it might be timely to post something about a little-known collaboration between Moebius and ALIEN screenwriter Dan O’Bannon, which although little-known, clearly had a considerable impact on the design of a certain SF movie from 1982

Although Ridley Scott has indeed publically acknowledged Moebius’ influence on the visual look of ‘Blade Runner’, O’Bannon strongly felt Scott was clearly inspired by a particular comic strip story O’Bannon had published in ‘Metal Hurlant’ (the original French version of ‘Heavy Metal’ magazine) in the late seventies.

It was called ‘The Long Tomorrow’ – with art by Moebius.

It was based on an unproduced screenplay – a pulpy SF film noir O’Bannon had written years earlier about a private eye in an overcrowded future metropolis.

O’Bannon made his feelings known in an interview in ‘The Face’ magazine in 1985 (soon after the release of ‘Return Of The Living Dead’) that he was somewhat miffed when ‘Blade Runner’ came out.

Not so much that he felt he was ripped off – but more that he was never given any kind of private acknowledgement by Scott.

Greg Moss is a film school graduate with a background in directing music videos and is currently seeking representation as a screenwriter. He likes right-brained people, feeding the cat and watching genre movies.

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  1. #1 by ddubbstudios on March 20, 2012 - 9:32 PM

    Wow. Thanks for that, Greg. I have never heard of this. Now it’s time to hunt it down.

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