Episode 1

Published on:

25th Apr 2019

Alien - Birth of a Hollywood Blockbuster

00:13 – Harry introduces his new podcast, An Alien in Hollywood

02:11 – Robin describes Ron Shusett

05:04 – How Harry met Robin

07:24 – Robin breaks down the format of the first few episodes of this podcast

09:01 – The genesis of the movie Alien

14:47 – The progress Dan O’Bannon made on the first act of Alien

15:46 – How Ron came up with the solution of how the alien gets on board

17:03 – How Dan met H.R. Giger, the man who eventually worked on the design work for Alien

20:15 – Ron tells the story of how Roger Corman came aboard for Alien

25:36 – How Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill influenced the production of Alien

27:27 – The story of how Ridley Scott came on as the director of Alien

29:42 – Ron recounts moments of discouragement he felt while trying to get this movie made

31:22 – Ridley Scott’s vision for Alien

33:18 – Why the Giler/Hill draft of the Alien script didn’t work

37:27 – The vindication Ron and Dan felt when Ridley sided with their script

Music by Vincent Covello and Vic Migenes

Artwork by Barbara Mastej

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About the Podcast

An Alien in Hollywood - Ronald Shusett
The life and times of Ronald Shusett
An Alien in Hollywood is the story about the life and times of legendary filmmaker and “Godfather of Hollywood science fiction” Ronald Shusett.

Unless you’re a Hollywood behind-the-scenes aficionado you've probably never heard of Ron. He is no less than the man who co-created, wrote, and produced three of the most influential, iconic and mind-blowing science fiction blockbusters in film history – Alien, Total Recall and Minority Report.

His movies have grossed over one and a half billion dollars, have launched the careers of Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott, and turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into the #1 box office star in the world. Ron has been the inspiration for filmmakers like J.J. Abrams and James Cameron, and he made author Phillip K. Dick a household name. With the release of “Alien” Ron and his partner Dan O’Bannon spawned the “Alien Universe” and the first movie franchise in history.

The series is hosted by Harry Duran and Robin Maxwell.
Music by Vincent Covello and Vic Migenes
Podcast Artwork by Barbara Mastej