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Moebius, O’Bannon And The Long Tomorrow

July 30, 2012

More unsung trivia unearthed by greg moss.

Seeing how comic book artist Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud joined Ralph McQuarrie in that big art studio in the sky earlier this year, 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 mid-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 some 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 was originally released.

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. I have this book (somewhere). Its a lovely piece of work and, yes, no doubt a part-inspiration for Blade Runner, but then again, Ridley and his artists were no doubt researching all sorts of sources. I have always thought that an ‘Art of’ Blade Runner book is one of the great missed opportunities of film tie-in publishing. Maybe one day, although I did hear its been tried but the legal issues were a nightmare.


    • I agree completely – It would be great to see an ‘Art Of’ book for Blade Runner – if only to see glossy reproductions of Syd Mead’s gorgeous paintings. 🙂


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