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Author:  FredReynolds [ Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:43 pm ]
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Author:  JamesGifford [ Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:52 pm ]
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A near-zero production company with no track record except distribution of one NASA-based documentary. They may not even hold the option.

*Yawn*.

Author:  BillPatterson [ Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:38 am ]
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Wasn't there a John Varley script for Have Space Suit . . .?

Author:  JamesGifford [ Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:00 pm ]
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I've heard the rumor. Also a rumor of a script that more or less combined Mother Thing and Oscar into some sort of ghost-alien that haunted a former ISS worker's suit. Not sure if they're the same thing.

This would be, in some ways, one of the easiest Heinlein properties to film. Even a modest budget at a second-string studio could, with care and today's CGI, turn out a dazzler.

Except for the unpleasant parts of the story, like achievement through hard work, human nobility, a half-love story involving a 12 year old girl, etc.

I would expect no better result than for Puppet Masters - a recognizable form of the story, Hollywoodized and penny-pinched into something with BO appeal.

But just imagine, say, William H. Macy making a long pause, taking a pipe from his mouth, and saying to a soot-covered Kip, "You should know better than to manufacture explosives in a frame building, son." Then walking away, book in hand.

Author:  beamjockey [ Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:01 pm ]
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A film project produced by David Heyman with a screenplay by David Roberts (definitely not this Jupiter 9 company) was announced some years ago.

I recall meeting someone at the Heinlein Centennial who was working on it.

Some brief accounts derived from Variety and Hollywood Reporter are floating around the Web.




Author:  Baylink [ Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:24 am ]
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> and, as luck would have it

Luck had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Unless you think it's lucky every time a batter hits a ball.

Or, as Spenser likes to put it: luck is the residue of design.

Author:  BillPatterson [ Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:12 am ]
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Author:  Baylink [ Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:30 am ]
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It's amazing the things you find when you Google:

http://www.fullcastaudio.com/tek9.asp?p ... c=jnqmkme8

They sound *way* too much like they're reading, though, rather than performing. Or is it just me? So many things are just me...

Quite a lot of good stuff, though, at: .

Most notably, this: http://riofriospacetime.blogspot.com/20 ... ravel.html

Author:  JamesGifford [ Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:13 pm ]
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My attitude towards the modernity of the story has swung over quite an arc. When I first read it, I didn't have enough worldview to judge it. A few years later, it seemed a little 50s-ish and dated. Through the seventies, it was godawful dated. Then a funny thing happened to me and (I think) society; it's not really dated at all. If anything, with very minor points it could be set in the here and now of any time from 1990 to ten years from now.

There are things I would touch up in a screenplay, but not much. The critical thing is to get Kip's arc of character growth exactly - *exactly* - right. From a world no bigger than his backyard laboratory to spokesman for the human race... that's a big damned arc.

Author:  BillPatterson [ Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:44 pm ]
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Author:  BillPatterson [ Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:46 pm ]
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Author:  Baylink [ Mon Jan 19, 2009 1:54 pm ]
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And for all that, I see no reason at all it wouldn't sell as a period piece, if done properly.

The problem that's common with adaptations is that the writers don't figure out *all* of the interactions, and how they change if you update things.

Author:  PeterScott [ Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:01 pm ]
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Author:  Baylink [ Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:52 am ]
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Was that ever released on DVD or anything?

Cause, what you said.

Author:  DanHenderson [ Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:10 am ]
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Author:  FredReynolds [ Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:30 am ]
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Author:  JamesGifford [ Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:34 pm ]
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Author:  PeterScott [ Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:07 pm ]
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Author:  Starry [ Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:35 pm ]
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"Have Spacesuit" as a film? I can think of many of Heinlein's other works that would be better on the big screen. "Glory Road" for instance would make a fabulous movie.

Author:  SusanPaciga [ Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:07 pm ]
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Author:  JamesGifford [ Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:21 pm ]
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Author:  beamjockey [ Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:50 pm ]
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Author:  JamesGifford [ Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:46 pm ]
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Gravity also has the rather direct Heinleinian steal of using a fire extinguisher as a propulsion unit. I love beyond reason the moment when Ryan flings the empty extinguisher away for one last bit of delta-vee.

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