[ExI] "Lord of Light" the film and theme park?
possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 21 12:41:29 UTC 2010
Roger Zelazny's Hugo winning "Lord of Light" is my favorite science
fiction novel. But until just now I had no idea that in the late
seventies it was nearly made into a big budget feature film and even a
theme park! If only...
In 1979 it was announced that Lord of Light would be made into a 50
million dollar film. It was planned that the sets for the movie would
be made permanent and become the core of a science fiction theme park
to be built in Aurora, Colorado. Famed comic-book artist Jack Kirby
was even contracted to produce artwork for set design. However, due to
legal problems the project was never completed.
Parts of the unmade film project,[vague] the script and Kirby's set
designs, were subsequently acquired by the CIA as cover for an
exfiltration team for six US diplomatic staff trapped – in Tehran but
outside the embassy compound – by the Iranian hostage crisis. The team
had a version of the script, renamed to Argo; they pretended to be
scouting a location in Iran for shooting a Hollywood film from that
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