One book that I've always wished there was a good movie for, was Robert Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky. I was just wondering if there was ever a movie adaptation that they maybe changed the name and I just missed it. Is there a movie based on Tunnel in the Sky, or a movie very similar?

This question is not off topic, I'm not asking for a list of works. I was simply asking if there had been a movie based on Tunnel in the Sky, but perhaps under a different name. For example, the way the sci-fi horror movie The Thing is based on a novella/short story called "Who Goes There". If I asked 'Is there a movie based off the short story "Who Goes There", then the answer would be The Thing.

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    I, too, would love to see good movies based on the juveniles. The chances of both "movie" and "good" are pretty small. Feb 5, 2016 at 3:04

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It's very hard to prove a negative, so for what it's worth, I will just tell you: No, there has never been a movie adaptation.

The only films based on Heinlein works are The Brain Eaters (plagarized), Destination Moon, Predestination, and The Puppet Masters.

Oh, and as Yasskier pointed out, the unfortunate Starship Troopers adaptation.

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    And the "Starship troo..." oh wait...
    – Yasskier
    Feb 5, 2016 at 1:06
  • Maybe one day... :) Thanks a bunch, at least I have peace of mind
    – Joshua A
    Feb 5, 2016 at 2:31
  • Thanks, I had mercifully forgotten that one. Editing it in for completeness. Feb 5, 2016 at 3:01
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    I thought The Puppet Masters was surprisingly good. It diverged from the book in many ways, but was a decent movie on its own. Feb 5, 2016 at 5:30
  • Wow I did not know predestination was based on a Heinlein book. No wonder I liked it! Thanks
    – Joshua
    Mar 16, 2016 at 17:42

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