Rockne S. O'Bannon
Himself (Executive Producer/Writer) on The Triangle
1/12/1955, Los Angels, California, USA
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Rockne S. O'Bannon is a television writer and producer. He has created several hit Sci-Fi shows such as Alien Nation, seaQuest DSV, Farscape, and the miniseries The Triangle. He has also written several episodes for The Twilight Zone and Amazing Stories.
Los Angels, California, USA
Rockne O'Bannon, Rockney S. O'Bannon, Steven Rae
- Trivia & Quotes
Rockne S. O'Bannon: We really wanted to push this series[Farscape] into the realm of fantasy. We wanted worlds that were almost both impossibly ancient, and yet futuristic at the same time.
Rockne S. O'Bannon: If you're creating a science fiction television series, names of things are very, very important. And you just want to get them exactly right. Character names, obviously, and then the names of things, the lexicon.
Rockne S. O'Bannon: (about shooting Farscape in Austrialia)It's a tough thing to do. We shoot in Sydney, Australia, which helps us a lot, because they're just bolder down there, in terms of production. They're willing to take a lot of chances. They've also got real exotic exterior locations so we can portray alien worlds and all of that.
Rockne S. O'Bannon: (about making the Farscape comic book) I'm finding that adapting the Farscape world to this different medium is actually quite freeing -- because unlike producing episodes for weekly television, I don't have to limit my imagination at all. Environments, creatures, events that I might have had to tone down or eliminate altogether on an hour TV budget are all readily available to me now.
Rockne S. O'Bannon: Both Alien Nation and Farscape examine the human condition by bringing aliens into the mix, but in the case of Alien Nation the story revolves around a finite number of aliens on Earth and how they must try to integrate into human society and how humans react. In Farscape, we see the opposite side of the coin: how does one of our kind react when thrust unprepared into a totally alien world?
Rockne was approached about developing Farscape in 1993, Fox was initially interested but the cost of developing the animatronic creatures prohibited them from investing in a pilot. He and Brian Henson searched till 1998 for a network to final take on the series.
When Rockne created the character of Darwin, the dolphin, on SeaQuest DSV he was inspired by Star Trek's Mr. Spock.
Rockne is a very big fan of Star Trek.
Rockne has been writing the stories for the Farscape comic book for BOOM! Comics, starting in 2008
Rockne wrote the teleplays for the TV movies Invasion & Fatal Error.