The internet movie database has the Lensmen movie listed as sometime in 2011 I am thinking it will get delayed to a May release in 2012 to load up the special effects.
Writer J. Michael Straczynski said in 2009 he’s finished his second draft for Lensmen, and producer Ron Howard and Universal are happy with it. He said it’ll be very character-based, typical of Howard’s work, and yet the special effects will be cutting edge. And it’ll keep the massive scale of the original novels, as much as possible:
I think it really does create that world and what’s cool about it is all the character stuff that’s in there now. It’s just the sheer scope and scale of it, which is what the Doc Smith books were always about to me to a large extent; the scale was insane. We found ways to really dramatize that.
My best case hope – Lord of the Ring movies in space mixed with the fourth season Babylon 5 Shadow War with an Avatar effects budget.
And he describes one crucial sequence:
Case in point, this is a very small example from the script, take this as being emblematic of the scale of the whole thing: you’ve got these two fleets battling it out, you’ve seen it a hundred times before. But now, within that massive fleet battle you have two ships locked on with gravity (lances?) firing at each other, they’re linked together like scorpions in a bottle tied with a string, by the gravity beams. Inside that, you have the crew of one ship in EVA suits with armor coming out to try and board the other ship. They send their people out to stop them, so we have hand-to-hand combat.
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