Robert A. Heinlein arguably shaped the course of science fiction after his 1939 advent on the scene. He wrote either the first full treatment or the definitive treatment of things that became staples, from convoluted time-travel stories (“By His Bootstraps”) to the giant generations-long-trip starship (Orphans of the Sky) to Einsteinian time dilation and FTL communication (Time for the Stars ). For purposes of this thread, I’m asserting that as a given, a view shared by a large part of the SF community; those wo wish to debate it should take their opinions to another thread.
AFAIK, only three Heinlein stories have been made into movies: “Destination Moon”, on which Heinlein consulted and for which he wrote the novella as a 'novelization" of the movie; Starship Troopers, about which one may hold varying opinions of Verhoeven’s work but which can be fairly said to have not been a faithful adaptation of the book; and The Puppet Masters, which was not a horrible film but which I felt suffered from the director or screenwriter’s decision to turn it into a film noir – the novel, while rough and gritty, was significantly brighter in tone than the movie. (Any arguments about why these two movies are (a) bloody abortions every print of which should be burned or (b) masterpieces of cinematic art, need to go, you guessed it, into a new thread.)
So my challenge is this: Pick, from Heinlein’s published works, what you feel would be a good movie, at least as true to the book’s storyline as Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies were to Tolkien’s, and explain why it’s your choice.