Heavy Metal : B-17 segment… the lost script that became Alien

B-17 segment… the lost script that became Alien

I can't find this info elsewhere, maybe this should be a Trivia addition… maybe this is only interesting to me 'cause I'm an Alien fanatic ;)

I never watched Heavy Metal, but watching Nostalgia Critic's review I immediately noticed something very familiar in the B-17 segment. I searched IMDB to see if Dan O'Bannon was involved in some way, and here he was, listed as writer for that segment. It didn't surprise me one bit.

O'Bannon's masterpiece Alien was based on an early script he wrote about a B-17 goin' on a bombing mission in World War 2. Suddenly (if I remember well, when the plane is struck a lightning) a Gremlin jumps on the plane and starts making his way through the giant plane, killing the crew one by one. The pilots try to fight the monster and make barricades so that he doesn't reach the cockpit.

Of course the B-17 in Heavy metal has zombies and it's very, very short but you can clearly see the origin of that story - and, as Doug Walker said, it's got some great potential. Too bad they never made a movie about it!

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B-17's aren't that big, they're pretty confined. If they did one on an RAF Lancaster at night it would be more scary. With a B-17 there aren't many places to hide, except the Ball turret.



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Yes, I always tought a B-17 would be too little for that kind of story… still, we don't know much about the original script.

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I thought it was a B-52…

EDIT: Don't bother correcting me. Made a derp.

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HA-HA-HA!
Please tell me that you know the difference between a B-17 and a B-52.



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Yeah, B-17 was a standard bomber B-52 was the 'flying fortress'. I just thought it would have made sense for the segment to be in a much bigger plane than a B-17…

(To go back a step… B-17 is the plane from Catch 22 as well, right? I'm not great with planes..)

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Catch 22 they were B-25 Mitchell's (twin engined light bomber only used in the Med, Pacific and CBI theatre).
The B-17 was the Flying Fortress (four piston engined WWII bomber)
The B-52 was the Stratofortress (eight jet engined Cold War bomber, still flying today).


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difference between a B-17 and a B-52?? easy… a Northrop B-35 ^.^

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The B-52 is powered jet engines and is much larger then a B-17 which is prop driven. B-17 was a bomber during WWII, WWII and a B-17 is when/where "Gremlins" is supposed to be set. The B-52 was put into service well after WWII. The biggest bomber used in WW2 was the B-29 Flying Fortress, it was much larger then a B-17 or B-24 Liberator. The B-29 dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, they were bigger then Lancaster's and Sterling's. A B-29 would be a great choice to have a "Gremlin" movie set in as they were big enough to make it more interesting.

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Kinda sounds like he just took the classic Twilight Zone episode plot ("there's a creature on the wing!") and set it in WW2

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Now if you'd tried linking the taxi driver segment with The Fifth Element, you'd have something!

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Way to connect your illusional world and write about it like those were true facts,dear assburgers syndrome guy.

On his way down past each floor,
he kept saying to reassure himself
So far so good…

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B-17's are tough
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