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Proyas Adapting Heinlein Novella

Dark City director Alex Proyas will write and direct an SF movie based on The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, a Robert A. Heinlein novella, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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I wonder how far this project will get. Could they have picked a more obscure Heinlein piece to adapt?

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According to the news list on IMDbPro, it's generated quite a bit of quality buzz. This isn't the biggest property Proyas could have picked, but it's a damned interesting one and could be turned into a signature film in ways the better-known properties couldn't.

Let's face it, many of RAH's biggest books and stories would look like copycat works or generate huge "been there, seen that" responses from present movie audiences. He's been ripped off by the best...

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Actually, this was somewhat astonishing to me, because it's one of those perfect pairings of talent and property that happen so rarely in Hollywood but produce memorable results when they do -- Johnny Depp and Tim Burton with Edward Scissorhands, for instance. I highly recommend Dark City if you haven't seen it -- the story is a little lame, but Proyas had the atmospherics 100% on target, and he'll get the Sons of the Bird bang on.

I've got an offer to set up an indie specifically for adapting RAH properties, once the Virginia Edition is out of the way, and this is one of those properties I was considering for the first lineup -- and my ideal package was to get Proyas to direct. (Actually, I think an adaptation of "The Man Who Sold the Moon" is likely to be the first project). There was apparently an adaptation of this novella done in the 1960's, but I haven't been able to lay hands on the script to see what was done with it.

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Good news!

I'd love to see Jonathan Hoag done right by Hollywood. And maybe it would be successful, as measured by critics, audience, Heinlein fans, and money. And then maybe more Heinlein would be produced right in Hollywood. And then maybe those would be successful too. And then --

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I still say that "Star Beast" would be the perfect Heinlein film.


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fafrd50 wrote:
I still say that "Star Beast" would be the perfect Heinlein film.

Disney actually got as far as building sets for The Star Beast before the project was shelved. My brother, who works for Disney, took me by the lot one day a few years ago.

Unfortunately, I can't think of a worse studio to do it than Michael Eisner's Disney.


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Robert W Franson wrote:
As long as I'm on such a roll, "Dear Buddha, I’d like a pony and a plastic rocket." (Firefly)

Speaking of Firefly, I'd love to see what Joss Whedon could do with pretty much any Heinlein story. My wildest dream: A series based on Time Enough for Love. I also think he'd do a bang-up job with Friday.

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I also think he'd do a bang-up job with Friday.

I believe James Cameron already did. On the heels of his take on Starship Troopers. :?

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James Gifford wrote:
dh490311 wrote:
I also think he'd do a bang-up job with Friday.

I believe James Cameron already did. On the heels of his take on Starship Troopers. :?

Well, if imdb.com is to be believed, I don't think his takes on either Starship Troopers or Friday has more than just a passing resemblance to either Heinlein story.

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