Science Fiction Land
The original cover and concepts by Jack Kirby that the CIA changed to ARGO to use on their mission.
Science Fiction Land is a forthcoming doc that tells the larger story ARGO leaves out - with Jack Kirby artwork based on the novel Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny - and involving the world’s first science fiction theme park. We have 2 days left to reach our Kickstarter goal and make this documentary a reality. Hope you can join us!

The original cover and concepts by Jack Kirby that the CIA changed to ARGO to use on their mission.

Science Fiction Land is a forthcoming doc that tells the larger story ARGO leaves out - with Jack Kirby artwork based on the novel Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny - and involving the world’s first science fiction theme park. We have 2 days left to reach our Kickstarter goal and make this documentary a reality. Hope you can join us!

Ben Affleck’s Argo tells the true-life tale of a CIA agent who posed as the producer of a science fiction epic to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran in 1979. Now, another filmmaker wants to tell you a different part the story — but he needs your help to finish it.

For six years, Judd Ehrlich has been working on a documentary called Science Fiction Land, and the Emmy-nominated filmmaker just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to complete the project. The non-fiction flick takes its title from a proposed theme park to be built on the success of a sci-fi blockbuster, and profiles the unrealized ambitions of an idealistic Hollywood dreamer named Barry Ira Geller. Says Ehrlich: ”My documentary explores the real life sci-fi story that’s truly stranger than fiction.”

Once Mendez got the go-ahead for the fake movie plan, he needed a real movie idea that his fake film company could pretend to have in production. In Argo, Mendez and the Oscar-winning makeup artist John Chambers—amusingly played by his actual doppelganger, John Goodman—go through dozens of scripts with a veteran Hollywood producer played by Alan Arkin (about whom more below), and Mendez spots a movie called Argo buried in the pile. In fact, Chambers thought of a script they could use soon after Mendez told him the idea. It was called Lord of Light, after the best-selling sci-fi novel by Roger Zelazny that it was based on. The Lord of Light script was part of a wildly ambitious scheme called Science Fiction Land, which would have been the first sci-fi theme park. In order to make that dream a reality, the script’s author, Barry Ira Geller, managed to enlist support not only from Chambers, but from Buckminster Fuller, Ray Bradbury, Paolo Soleri, and Jack Kirby—who made production drawings for the film. You can see one of them below. (In Argo, Mendez commissions storyboards himself, which are quite different from Kirby’s drawings.)

 in Slate

Support SCIENCE FICTION LAND - a forthcoming doc that explores this stranger than (science) fiction story.

A message from Judd Ehrlich, Director of Science Fiction Land, on an exciting new rewards package that we are offering as part of our Kickstarter campaign. 58 hours to go to make Science Fiction Land a reality! We are on a mission! Hope you can join us. 

The original cover of the LORD OF LIGHT/Science Fiction Land pitch book by Jack Kirby. The CIA used these designs and changed the name to ARGO. All of this work is featured in our forthcoming documentary, SCIENCE FICTION LAND. As part of our Kickstarter rewards, we are offering a replica of this book, with 13 designs.

The original cover of the LORD OF LIGHT/Science Fiction Land pitch book by Jack Kirby. The CIA used these designs and changed the name to ARGO. All of this work is featured in our forthcoming documentary, SCIENCE FICTION LAND. As part of our Kickstarter rewards, we are offering a replica of this book, with 13 designs.

Rand Hoppe of the Jack Kirby Museum on why everyone should support SCIENCE FICTION LAND! 

This in-depth article discusses the fascinating backstory that #Argo leaves out, and interviews Director of SCIENCE FICTION LAND, Judd Ehrlich.

This recent article in Boing Boing discusses the central role Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi classic, Lord of Light, played in the CIA mission depicted in ARGO, and how ARGO leaves this fascinating backstory out. Includes interview with SCIENCE FICTION LAND director, Judd Ehrlich. Visit our Kickstarter to support this project! 3 days left!

Kris & Beverly - two amazing and dedicated supporters of Science Fiction Land!

Sam, the Protagonist of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, as imagined by the great Jack Kirby. Available as one of our many fantastic Kickstarter rewards. Help us to tell the story of Lord of Light & Science Fiction Land, which Argo leaves out.

Sam, the Protagonist of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, as imagined by the great Jack Kirby. Available as one of our many fantastic Kickstarter rewards. Help us to tell the story of Lord of Light & Science Fiction Land, which Argo leaves out.

As our $250 reward, we are offering a replica of the book with 13 gorgeous original, high quality Jack Kirby designs, which the CIA used for their rescue mission. Help us make this documentary - SCIENCE FICTION LAND - and shine a light on this amazing chapter of Kirby’s life!

As our $250 reward, we are offering a replica of the book with 13 gorgeous original, high quality Jack Kirby designs, which the CIA used for their rescue mission. Help us make this documentary - SCIENCE FICTION LAND - and shine a light on this amazing chapter of Kirby’s life!

Kickstarting The True Story of Science Fiction Land by Jason Sacks of Comics Bulletin

A special video message from the creator of the #ScienceFictionLand movie poster, Rogan Josh. This Kirby-inspired poster is one of our fantastic Kickstarter rewards - check them out!

We’re thrilled to have the support of Neil Gaiman and Trent Zelazny for Science Fiction Land. Hope you can join them and us to make this project a reality!