Ben Affleck’s “Argo” has been universally acclaimed as a great political thriller based on true events, but two-time Emmy-nominated director Judd Ehrlich (“Run for Your Life,” “Magic Camp”) wants more for the story behind “Argo” than a film that takes significant dramatic liberties to simplify its plot. Ehrlich wants the truth, and he’s spent the last seven years constructing a documentary to reveal just that.
Enter “Science Fiction Land,” Ehrlich’s documentary that tells the true tale of Barry Ira Geller, a young inventor who optioned the rights to Roger Zelazny’s award winning novel “Lord of Light.” After writing a screenplay for the movie, he assembled a team suitable to tackle his passion project: “King of Comics” Jack Kirby; Hollywood makeup and special effects experts John Chambers and Maurice Stein; world-renowned architect Paolo Soleri, visionary author Ray Bradbury, and legendary futurist Buckminster Fuller. Although the project eventually fell apart, the screenplay and concept art for the film, “Lord of Light,” was used by CIA officer Tony Mendez on a mission to exfiltrate six Americans trapped in 1979 Iran.
While Chambers and Kirby remain in “Argo,” Kirby’s original “Lord of Light” artwork is never utilized, and Ehrlich feels the others involved in the film’s production aren’t given credit where credit is due. “Science Fiction Land” hopes to bring the work of these great men back into history books — and tell the story that “Argo” fails to complete.