Giger was best known for his xenomorph alien design in Sir Ridley’s sci-fi horror masterpiece for which he won a visual effects Oscar in 1980. He died in hospital on Monday after he fell down stairs at his Zurich home.
It was his book “Necronomicon” that brought him to the attention of Scott, who would immortalize his sleek, predatory Xenomorph creations on screen (the American Film Institute ranked the creature as the 14th most memorable villain in a 2003 survey). Specifically, he asked Giger to elaborate on the imagery in a 1976 painting titled “Necronom IV,” which depicts a biomechanical creature with an elongated skull and an exoskeleton.
More recently, the new documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune” showcased some of Giger’s artistic contributions that never made it to the big screen. Giger had sought to collaborate with Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky on his attempted adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel “Dune” in the mid-1970s, but the project never came to fruition.
Sir Ridley Scott has said: “In a career with so many star-studded highlights, it is only natural that many have mentioned his world famous biomechanical creation for Alien… it was certainly a design which Giger prized, much as he took great pride in his collaboration with myriads of music industry and film artists, since he began his glorious journey as a world class painter, sculptor and designer.”