‘Spacesuit’ fits WB pix

Author's work last adapted for 'Starship Troopers'

Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned feature film rights to Robert Heinlein’s classic sci-fi tale “Have Spacesuit — Will Travel” for “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman to produce via his Heyday Films banner.

Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinaza will exec produce pic under their Created By banner. No screenwriter has been hired.

“Travel,” published in 1958, is the story of a precocious teenager who loses a contest that will take the first teen into space, but wins the consolation prize: a spacesuit from the original Apollo missions. When he discovers the spacesuit has made alien contact, the boy is propelled into an adventure of intergalactic proportions.

“Heinlein, one of the great science fiction authors, has written a charming and exciting story that fulfills our childhood fantasies about going into space and making contact with aliens,” Heyman said. “It will be a wonderful adventure.”

Pic was brought into Heyday by exec Marc Rosen, who will oversee project with Tiffany Daniel. Warner Bros. senior VP production Lionel Wigram and creative exec Alysia Cotter will supervise for the studio.

Heyman is now in production in London on the third installment in the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

Heyman and Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures also recently teamed to option feature rights to Heinlein’s sci-fi novel “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.”

The most recent feature adaptation of a Heinlein book was 1997’s “Starship Troopers,” directed by Paul Verhoeven.

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