Originally Posted by IAM4UK
I will note that as much as I am enjoying "Atlas Shrugged," I'm not really seeing it as a likely hit on the big-screen. We shall see...
Gary, your recommendation of some Heinlein makes me wonder: will we ever get movies of some of his works? "Stranger in a Strange Land," or "The Cat Who Walked Through Walls," for examples?
Heinlein's novels and stories have been made into film before:Destination Moon
(1950) was based on Rocket Ship Galileo
.Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
(1950-1955) was based on Space Cadet
. (It was also the original "space opera" on TV, not made from a Republic serial film such as Buck Rogers
or Flash Gordon
(1953) was an original Heinlein screenplay.The Brain Eaters
(1958) and The Puppet Masters
(1994) were based on The Puppet Masters
(1994 TV animated miniseries) was based on Red Planet
(1997) and the two sequel films and the animated Roughnecks
TV series were based on Starship Troopers
As for whether we will ever see his "socialogical SF" works in film, I just don't know. It is 50 years too late to make Stranger in a Strange Land
, which today would be more painfully out of date than was Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
. As for The Cat Who Walked Through Walls
, that was a later sequel to The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
, but was a simple adventure narrative with relatively little of the Libertarian subtheme. The Rolling Stones
is yet another sequel (technically a prequel) but would make a better film IMHO.
Heinlein's series of Lazurus Long novels would make a great series of films IMHO. As would Citizen of the Galaxy
and Time For the Stars
. In actual fact, I don't think anyone writes straight space opera to equal Heinlein, unless you want to consider David Weber's "Hornblower in Space" series, aka the Honor Harrington novels.
Heinlein's other socialogical SF work was JOB: A Comedy of Justice
, which would not get made into film because of the too-frank discussion of the problems with the Christian faith.