Indie to develop tome with Gotham Group

Harry Kloor’s Jupiter 9 Prods. is developing a feature version of Robert Heinlein’s “Have Space Suit, Will Travel” with Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Peter McHugh attached as producers.

Kloor, who founded Jupiter 9 to promote science literacy, obtained film rights after presenting a finished script to the Heinlein estate.

“I was inspired to become a scientist and science fiction writer in part by reading the works of grand master Robert Heinlein,” Kloor said.

“Have Space Suit, Will Travel” was originally serialized in 1958 in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and published later that year in hardcover by Scribner’s. Set in 2040, “Space Suit” tells the story of a teenager who loses a contest for a free trip to the Moon, but wins a broken-down space suit — which contains properties that lead to humanity’s first contact with aliens.

Kloor’s credits include writing for such TV series as “Star Trek: Voyager,” the animated series “Godzilla” and the syndie drama “Earth: Final Conflict,” and the upcoming animated feature “Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey,” which will be released in large-format theaters in the fall. “Quantum Quest” interweaves animated sequences rendered by Digimax with space imagery captured from seven ongoing space missions.

Gotham Group was a producer on “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and is in preproduction on “Abduction,” starring Taylor Lautner and directed by John Singleton.

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