Imagine Pursuing Lensman Novels

Sci-Fi Wire reports that Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures are negotiating with the estate of legendary author E.E. “Doc” Smith for film rights to Smith’s seminal “Lensman” novels.

The series began in 1934 with “Triplanetary,” a novel serialized in the pages of the magazine “Amazing Stories.” That novel spawned several sequels.

The series spans millions of years, recounting the struggle between the good Arisians and the evil Eddorians. The books chronicle the rising role of humanity in the ultimate battle.

All of the action is seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Kim Kinnison, who comes to control a key artifact: the lens, a bracelet that bestows telepathy and other powers.

The deal includes an 18-month renewable option with another 18 month extension available if needed.