Reported in tv zone issue #269 "Phil Tippett, the Oscar-winning animatior and special effects creator whose work has graced such outstanding Science Fiction films are The Empire Strikes Back, Robocop and Starship Troopers, it to make his directorial debut with a feature-film adaption of Larry Niven's Ringworld. Based on Niven's first book in his series, the film details the discovery of an ancient, million-miles-wide habitable ring-like structure constructed by aliens and which surronds Earth's entrie solar system. Tippett told the Holywood Reporter, "we are going to pull out all the stops. using CGI to create a roller-coaster ride of thrills, adventure and fun. We are going to take moviegoers to a place never before seen or imagined." " Intersting.. but around Earth? um... there is not meant to be any planets are there?