Rockne S. O’Bannon,
Written by Rockne S. O’Bannon, 1988’s sci-fi buddy cop thriller Alien Nation imagined a near-future United States where humans live in an uneasy peace with a liberated race of genetically enhanced extraterrestrial slave laborers known as the “Newcomers.” A gruff James Caan and an empathetic Mandy Patinkin play two mismatched detectives—the former human, the latter a Newcomer—out to solve a murder and to spare Earth’s newest inhabitants a return to its tragic past. Alien Nation also spawned a short-lived Fox TV series in 1990 and five TV movies. Austin-based director Jeff Nichols is currently developing a remake of Alien Nation. Other Worlds Austin will host a 30th anniversary screening of Alien Nation at 7:42 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock with screenwriter Rockne S. O’Bannon in attendance. Alien Nation screenwriter Rockne S. O’Bannon got his start writing for the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone; after Alien Nation, He created the television series Seaquest DSV, Farscape, Cult, and Defiance. He also wrote episodes of the 2009 revival of V, Constantine, and Revolution, which was shot its second and final season in Austin. O’Bannon also directed the 1990 murder mystery Fear, starring Ally Sheedy and Lauren Hutton.
Aired: Dec. 3, 2018.