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Interesting thoughts, and I agree with many of them.

After reading it, a couple of thoughts bouncing around in my head came together: If Ayn Rand fans can group together and crowdfund an Atlas Shrugged trilogy, is it possible with a Heinlein novel? If so, which?

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I think Time Enough For Love would make a nice trilogy. For a single film, I'd love to see Friday or Job: A Comedy of Justice.

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Interesting choices. Thank you, thank you, thank you for NOT saying SiaSL, which is what I thought would be the first response. I'm not sure that Stranger would translate into a screen medium easily.

Now I'm thinking about the others. TEfL would be an interesting challenge.


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TEfL would be an interesting challenge.

Indeed. If it lays out as a trilogy, then "The Tale of the Adopted Daughter" would be the middle. We'll have to see if Woody Allen is available to direct.

And of course, "The Tale of the Twins Who Weren't" will invite comparisons with Game of Thrones, but that can't be helped.

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There are some stylistic challenges. Integrating the Notebooks in a meaningful way would be one. Keeping the viewer engaged in the story arc while telling the incremental 'tales' would be another.

The only worry I have about the entire story line as a whole is the Lazarus/Maureen relationship. It's one thing to comment on and represent alternate cultural and marital/family customs, but incest may be stretching that too far.


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I would like to see a Time Enough for Love trilogy combined with Methuselah's Children.

The first film in the series is the events of Methuselah's Children, ending at the same time as the book: when Lazarus Long and the others return to earth.

The second film in the series would be the longest of the 3. Perhaps, 200+ minutes long, beginning with the start of Time Enough for Love with Lazarus Long now an ancient man wishing for death, which I feel would contrast well with his personality and appearance in the first film. After the first section, it would contain Lazarus telling Ira the stories of The Tale of the Man Who Was Too Lazy to Fail, The Tale of the Twins Who Weren't, and ends with The Tale of the Adopted Daughter.

The third and final film would contain the Boondock and Da Capo sections, mainly Lazarus travelling back to 1916 and eventually being mortally wounded in france. As for the ending: I am unsure whether Lazarus should die or not. [url="http://www.heinleinsociety.org/2013/02/faq-frequently-asked-questions-about-robert-a-heinlein-his-works/"]I have read that the original assumption that was taken from the book was that Lazarus died on the Western Front[/url], but Number of the Beast removed that.

I would prefer it if Lazarus did die at the end of the film. It would make the ending more powerful in my opinion. The bit with Lazarus lying in the middle of a war looking at the sky as he dies was beautiful, and I think the image conjured would look perfect on a screen. His death would remove the possibility of a Number of the Beast film, but I personally don't think Number of the Beast would translate well into a film.

I think good names for the films would be: 1. Methuselah's Children, 2. Time Enough for Love, and 3. Da Capo. And perhaps the trilogy could be called the Lazarus Long Trilogy

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I'd really like to see a good film made of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", but only a very good film. It's my favorite Heinlein book and I'd hate to see Hollywood do to it what they did to "Starship Troopers".

I'd also love to see "Friday" as a feature film. And I agree that "Time Enough for Love" would have to be a trilogy. IMHO it might not even fit into that format; there's just so much there.

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My preference would be for movies based on his juveniles. Tunnel in the Sky seems like a natural as it would have relatively low production costs. Time for the Stars is also doable. The visual effects required for any of the books are within the reach of what passes for a low budget film these days. An issue could be the recent flood of YA films which may have saturated the market. Still, I think that if a film was made well, it would do well. Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if the movie rights to all those books are already under option, which doesn't mean they will ever actually be produced.

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