When I was 16, my father gave me a book called Triplanetary by EE Smith. It would be the first science-fiction book I'd read but most certainly not the last .. Much later, a university friend would introduce fantasy to me.. It was Elric of Melnibone.. At some point, which seems vague to me now, I read The Hobbit and other Tolkien books.. I believe I attempted to read The Silmarillion but.. It was too 'heavy' for me.. On my sixth birthday (I believe) I saw 2001, A Space Odyssey. They said I was 'too young' to see the movie but I disagreed. During the psychedelic scene at the end, I was tripping via 'contact buzz' from some of the audience invariably doing acid.
At six years old.
So if anybody questions my visualization skills, they might want to ask themselves that same question.
All of this 'prepared me' (sometimes retroactively; sometimes proactively) to ponder the truly epic saga Lensman by EE Smith. Yes, there are some elements in common with 2001. Yes, Star Wars was a 'game changing' saga released around the same time I read Triplanetary, the first installment of the Lensman series. But even Star Wars pales in the face of Lensman and its scope.
If you research Lensman on the internet, you'll find scant information. Imdb refuses any. Ron Howard is supposedly involved tho I can't confirm that .. I've attempted to contact, via imdb, the relevant parties.. Sometimes these networks 'promise the world' tho deliver less than nothing – sometimes. Perhaps it's a combination of 'bad data' and also how stingy 'hollywood types' are with their contacts and 'contact favors'. Why should any 'hollywood type' waste any 'contact favor' on me? A nobody? ;)
Yes, I've written a screenplay and amateur-casted many projects somewhat automatically.. Being an 'expert' on Lensman and related sagas 'sorta' means nothing. Just like anything else, it's who you know and how 'deep' they are that matters.
And I know nobody.
..After watching Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, I realized 'assistant director' to him would 'not be a bad idea' but again, to make that kind of connection is a pipe dream.. Not reality. [he] That kind of connection seems more fantastical than the entire Trilogy. ;)
I still hold out hope for Lensman because of the lack of any 'obvious' (detectable) progress made by 'the team' of producers/directors (and because of my firm grasp on the series). My casting skills are not 'that bad' either. ;)~ If I could make a pitch to a well-connected 'hollywood type', I think I could 'sell myself' given about five minutes of their time. Maybe they would 'install' me on a 'less risky' project (one that would embarrass them less if I failed – in their eyes), but I'm fairly confident I would not let them down. Of course, there are those who'd like to give you a chance only to deliberately sabotage you but I'm fairly confident in my 'bull-shit detector' to avoid that.
All that being said, if there are any well-connected readers, hook me up. :) If you happen to disagree with some of my recent articles, hey, “variety is the spice of life” .. When I'm working on a team, I'm intent on production – not preaching my POVs.. ^^ Take care dear reader and may Lensman be true to Smith regardless of who makes it. :)