Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Since Newsarama won't let me post...

Newsarama reports on how George Clooney is working on a project:
George Clooney’s production company Smokehouse Entertainment is working on a movie entitled Escape From Tehran, documenting the true story of how the CIA used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of 1979 Tehran. What does this have to do with comics legend Jack Kirby? Jack Kirby did the storyboards for this faux movie.

Back in 2005, Wired Magazine did an article about it which you can read in full at their website. Long story short, Kirby did storyboards for a prospective movie based on the Rogr Zelazny novel entitled Lord of Light. It also chronicles attempts to make a Colorado theme park entitled “Science Fiction Land” based on Kirby’s set designs for the movie.

As far as I know, Jack Kirby only did concept designs for "Lord of Light". He produced the image above, a couple of other pieces, and a stunning Kirby-esque god costume for Mahasamatman, or "Sam" (as he preferred to be called). This bit about storyboards might be some confusion on somebody's part. Storyboards imply there might have been a script, but I don't think the people involved got quite that far.

Still, it'd be great to see someone playing Kirby on screen. Any suggestions on who should play Jack Kirby?

Apparently there was a script. My bad. Here's a link to images Kirby had created for the movie. They're now being sold as prints apparently. A couple of the images are definitely not by Mr. Kirby, but the ones that are are simply amazing. Kirby at the height of his powers, around the time of his work on "The Eternals", I'm guessing. Very reminiscent of his depictions of the Celestials and their technology...

1 comment:

Treat2TrainTim said...

Jack Nicholson could pull off an interesting Kirby (though that casting likely puts him too old for the role)--so perhaps his doppelganger, who've we've not heard too much about lately (except for his nice work on the unfortunately ill-fated "Mind Games"), Christian Slater.