David Giler
American filmmaker
David Giler
David Giler is an American filmmaker who has been active in the motion picture industry since the early 1960s. He started his career as a writer, providing scripts for television programs such as Kraft Suspense Theatre and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. He then moved to screenplays in the 70's, helping to write films such as The Parallax View and the original version of Fun With Dick and Jane.
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David Thomson on Films: The Inane Pomposity of 'Prometheus'
The New Republic - over 4 years
The cinema has always done hostility better than history. Perhaps that is a characteristic it shares with most of us. So, 33 years ago, the spaceship Nostromo was a beaten-up heap ready to be retired, but the engine of its story and the stealthy uncovering of its ultimate confrontation of raw hostility and Sigourney Weaver in her underwear might have been handled by a trio of Einstein, Heisenberg, and Ben Hecht (the latter a pro screenwriter, the first two theorists on larger matters of story). That was Alien (1979), made by Ridley Scott before his knighthood and “maturity,” when he trusted menace and dread to leave their own sticky residue in our minds. This was long before the inane pomposity of Prometheus, and its attempt to kid itself, as well as us, that we care a hoot about the obscure origin of our “stuff.” It’s our terminal finale that grips us these days, and which responds to a metaphor and a monster that waits for us to scream so it can scuttle into our open mouths. Alien ...
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Deep Inside the “ALIEN VAULT” (with exclusive photos) - FANGORIA
Google News - over 5 years
It became clear that while Dan O'Bannon and Ron Shusett certainly came up with the original concept, much of the style and flavor—that terse '70s feel the film has—those “truck drivers in space”—was down to David Giler and Walter Hill
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Ten "Obcy". O wersji, która nie powstała - stopklatka.pl
Google News - over 5 years
Usłyszawszy to, producent David Giler powiedział, że może od strony wizualnej byłoby to piękne, ale kompletnie nie miałoby sensu. Ward ripostował: "Całkowicie nie zgadzam się z tą opinią. Wszystkie moje filmy są spójne i we wszystkich kładę olbrzymi
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'Alien' guest essay: Looking back in horror to 1979 - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
The original story by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett had been rewritten by producers David Giler and Walter Hill to amplify the flow of the narrative, but alas, the shooting draft diminished details about the alien's culture
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Pezzi di cinema: Alien (1979) - ScreenWEEK.it Blog (Blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
... poi re-intitolato Alien: i due avevano inizialmente intenzione di portare il copione a Roger Corman, ma furono invece introdotti alla 20th Century Fox, e in particolare a Brandywine, una compagnia messa in piedi da Walter Hill e David Giler
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MOVIE REVIEW | 'ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM'; Aliens and Predators Still Can't Seem to Get Along
NYTimes - about 9 years
The second ''Aliens vs. Predator'' film is, like its predecessor, one very dark movie. Not psychologically dark; dark dark, as in, not very generously lighted. The first film took place largely underground, in Antarctica. The new one, which opened Tuesday, first finds itself in the sewers of a Colorado town, where the title, um, characters are
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FILM REVIEW; It's an Underground Monster World Series
NYTimes - over 12 years
Twentieth Century Fox threw its baby to the wolves yesterday, opening ''Alien vs. Predator'' nationally on Friday without holding advance screenings for film reviewers. That's often a sign that a movie is a major disaster, but the film turns out to be no worse than most mindless summer action films, and even has some solid formal qualities thanks
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FILM REVIEW; It's Prison: You Think They'll Just Talk It Over?
NYTimes - over 14 years
It could be a moment right out of an episode of HBO's ''Real Sports'': Jim Lampley interviewing a proud heavyweight champ who is sitting behind prison bars, stripped of his title after being convicted of rape. The boxer gives a couple of common-sense answers to questions: he refutes the contention that boxing is a sport. People play baseball, they
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MOVIES: CRITIC'S CHOICE
NYTimes - over 15 years
A VERY intelligent woman I know actually fell asleep during BABETTE'S FEAST (1987) when we saw it together, and I have questioned her devotion to the reconciliation of flesh and spirit ever since. Luckily, critics and Oscar voters (it received the best foreign film award) found it more stimulating. Gabriel Axel made this delectable movie about a
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FILM REVIEW; Ripley, Believe It or Not, Has a Secret, and It's Not Pretty
NYTimes - over 19 years
Perhaps it counts as a compliment among those who appreciate the dripping, throbbing, drooling intensity of the ''Alien'' movies to say that the series' latest installment is its most freakish and macabre to date. But ''Alien Resurrection,'' the fourth installment and the one that comes closest to suggesting there may be rain-slicked dark alleys in
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Humphrey Bogart in New HBO Film
NYTimes - about 22 years
Parody? Tribute? Rip-off? Tonight's HBO edition of "Tales From the Crypt," starring Humphrey Bogart, is a tantalizing blend of all three. The director is Robert Zemeckis, who in the film "Forrest Gump" showed how deftly he could blend a contemporary star into archival material. Now, in a fiendishly clever episode called "You, Murderer," Mr.
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The Talk of Hollywood; They're Extinct, but They May Rule This Summer
NYTimes - almost 24 years
As private screenings go, the one last Monday afternoon at Universal Studios was definitely a hot ticket. The top executives at the studio as well as Michael Ovitz, the chairman of Creative Artists Agency, trooped into a screening room to watch, for the first time, Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park." The film, about a group of genetically produced
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TV Weekend; Winning His Heart, Not to Mention His Gallbladder
NYTimes - over 24 years
Pay television has discovered there's more than one way to tap vividly into the sex-and-violence market. Showtime has enlisted the director Zalman King ("9 1/2 Weeks") to stretch his trademark kinkiness in an anthology series called "Red Shoe Diaries." Home Box Office, with a somewhat uneasy wink, just keeps bringing back the "Tales From the Crypt"
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Review/Film: Alien 3; HAL, If You're Still Out There, Here's a Computer-Friendly Sequel
NYTimes - almost 25 years
IT'S apparent during the opening credits of "Alien 3" that this is going to be a movie for the generation that finds the computer friendly. Those of us born before 1975 can't possibly comprehend all of the introductory information that goes clicking across the on-screen television monitor, spelling out time, place and imminent crises with the
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FILM; Sigourney Weaver in Alien Terrain . . . Yet Again
NYTimes - almost 25 years
Sigourney Weaver has her hair back. It is fashionably short -- a sort of 1920's flapper cut -- but thick and lustrous, an elegant crown for her stern patrician bearing. Her lanky frame folded on the couch of a Manhattan hotel suite set aside for an interview -- "the afternoon rate," Ms. Weaver says -- she runs a hand over her scalp and recalls, a
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Review/Television; 'Tales From the Crypt' Raises Ratings for HBO
NYTimes - over 25 years
These are curiously unsettled times for the horror genre. In the movies, "Darkman" and "Tremors" seem puny when stacked up against classics like "Psycho" or "Night of the Living Dead." On television, some Stephen King adaptations have worked, most notably "It," and others haven't. Still more will be coming up soon. Meanwhile, NBC failed to induce
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Review/Television; Sex, Violence and a Leavening Grace
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: In any formula for pop entertainment, the two most time-tested ingredients are sex and violence. Of course, purveyors must be careful. Too much of one or the other can attract unwanted attention and public outcries for restraint. It's all, perhaps, a matter of balance or, as in the case of ''Tales From the Crypt'' on Home Box Office, a
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Review/Film; A Racing Addict's Dream Comes True: One More Win
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Early in ''Let It Ride,'' Joe Pytka's comedy about the world of horse racing, a teen-age girl in a bar accidentally catches a necklace between the braces in her teeth. ''Who's her orthodontist, Ray Charles?'' someone remarks. That sort of wisecrack is what passes for humor in the movie, which stars Richard Dreyfuss as a horse-racing addict
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FILM: SIGOURNEY WEAVER IN 'ALIENS'
NYTimes - over 30 years
THE special-effects specialists are featured prominently in the credits that precede ''Aliens,'' and so they should be. Under the direction of James (''The Terminator'') Cameron, they have put together a flaming, flashing, crashing, crackling blow-'em-up show that keeps you popping from your seat despite your better instincts and the basically
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A FILM THAT SINGS RENOVATION BLUES
NYTimes - almost 31 years
THEY were being evicted from their apartment and needed to find a new place to live in a hurry. They were sick of the city, and the tree-shaded suburban mansion - a gracious white Colonial with big rooms and high ceilings - looked like the home of their dreams. But the decision had to be made quickly - so they bought it. That was when their lives
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Giler
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  • 1979
    He helped Walter Hill produce the legendary horror thriller Alien in 1979, and it is for this film that he is probably best remembered.
    More Details Hide Details He and Hill became embroiled in a much-publicized behind-the-scenes fight with Aliens original writer, Dan O'Bannon, over who was to receive screenplay credit. Giler and Hill claim that they completely rewrote the script from top to bottom, and therefore they wanted to relegate O'Bannon to a "story by" credit only. O'Bannon claims that they did little more than change the names of the characters and dialogue, and felt that the two were trying to bully him out of the more prestigious screenplay credit. As evidenced by the interviews on the supplemental DVD features, the two parties were extremely antagonistic when it comes to this topic (O'Bannon has since died), though O'Bannon was the only one to receive credit for the screenplay in the final film. The various drafts can be found online, allowing audiences to decide for themselves. Giler worked with Hill on several more projects, including the continuation of the Alien franchise. The two were responsible for the final and very controversial rewrite of the Alien 3 story which killed off the Bishop, Hicks and Newt characters from Aliens. Some of the films that he wrote during this period include The Money Pit, Southern Comfort, and an uncredited rewrite for Beverly Hills Cop II.
  • 1975
    Born in 1975.
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