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Anyone know anything about this? From the Jupiter 9 Productions website :
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FILMS - COMING SOON

Coming Soon from Jupiter 9

Legendary Science Fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein's novel for young adults, Have Space Suit Will Travel, begins when Clifford Kip' Russell, a high school senior, wins runner-up in a jingle writing contest and is awarded an obsolete, but genuine, used space suit. He restores it and, as luck would have it, is actually wearing it when he's abducted by aliens (whom Kip is soon referring to as wormfaces'); Kip is joined in his incarceration by Peewee, a preteen genius who is also the daughter of a famed Scientist, and an alien they call the Mother Thing. The stakes climb as Kip is soon bounding through space seeing things he never imagined on an intergalactic adventure destined to put Kip and Peewee in a position to determine the fate of mankind. Jupiter 9 Production's adaptation of this beloved novel seeks to push the bar even higher while retaining the spirit and intent of Heinlein's original work published a half century ago. We invite you to witness a sleeker, faster Have Space Suit Will Travel, that stays true to its center, examining what is noble and ignoble about mankind in this heroic and sometimes tragic adventure.

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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*.

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Wasn't there a John Varley script for Have Space Suit . . .?


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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.

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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.

http://www.mania.com/heyman-likes-heinleins-spacesuit_article_38262.html

http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/art-main.html?2003-04/09/12.00.film

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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.


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James Gifford wrote:
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.

Interesting casting choice, but it could certainly work. I think I must have read the script at some point, because the ghost in the space suit thing doesn't sound right at all. I recall my impression that Varley's attempt to "modernize" the story didn't work at all.


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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: http://www.google.com/search?q="have+spacesuit+will+travel".

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


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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.


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James Gifford wrote:
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.

Maybe the relative modern-feel nowadays has something to do with the domination/destructive effect "reality" shows are having on broadcast television, bringing back the kind of immediacy that those 50's game shows and televised contests had but was missing in the middle decades.


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