1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter A), the 1978th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 978th year of the 2nd millennium, the 78th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1970s decade.
Real World Events
- After Walter Hill decides to only produce instead of directing Alien, Ridley Scott agrees to direct the film.
- After Dan O'Bannon shows Scott H. R. Giger's painting Necronom IV, the director flies to Switzerland to meet with Giger.
- Giger arrives in London, where preproduction on Alien has begun.
- Actor James Embree is born.
- Actor Markus Lloyd is born.
- Actor James Franco is born.
- Actress Victoria Bidewell is born.
- Actor Topher Grace is born.
- The Alien makes its first appearance on set, with stuntman Eddie Powell in the suit as he is lifted skyward on steel cables while filming Brett's death scene.
- Principle filming on Alien wraps.
- Filming of various pickups and reshoots for Alien begins.
- Actor David Paetkau is born.
- Filming of various pickups and reshoots for Alien concludes.