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Bryan Singer Set to Direct Heinlein's 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'

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March 3, 2015
Source: THR

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress / Bryan Singer

Several of Robert A. Heinlein's works have been turned into movies and TV shows and now one more is on the docket. THR reports X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer is set to be at the helm of an adaptation of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. The film version will simply be called Uprising with "Arrow" executive producer Marc Guggenheim adapting the book for the screen. Heinlein's 1966 sci-fi novel follows a lunar colony as they begin to revolt against their rulers back on Earth, almost like a Revolutionary War tale in space. It sounds like this could be Singer's next project after X-Men: Apocalypse.

The original book won the Nebula Award, which honors sci-fi and fantasy literature in the United States, as well as the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967. The book almost made it to the big screen before with DreamWorks making an attempt with Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio on board at one time, and another instance involving Phoenix Pictures and Harry Potter producer David Heyman. But when neither iteration worked out, the rights reverted back to Heinlein's estate. It'll be interesting to see if Singer can do something great outside of X-Men again. Sound good?

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  • ListenToVinyl
    Uprising? Are you f***ing kidding me? This goes along with all the other books out there that can not and should not be made into movies. There's no way they can keep the story and ideas intact within a 2-3 hour movie. This is one of my favorite sci-fi books of all time and may be why I'm so passionately against this, but seriously there's so many big ideas and stories within this book that there's no way it can be faithful to the original work. The fact that they are going to call this Uprising makes me think it will just be another generic fight for your rights story, except taking place on the moon. Hollywood will once again whittle down a complicated, epic story and turn it into generic fare. Sigh......
    • redtie
      Agreed. My houghts: -Was "The Moon is a harsh Mistress" already taken as a movie title? I am glad they changed the title because "Uprising" is waaaaay better. -"We on the Moon... are... like... tired of this shit." -I would hope the book would be taken as a period piece with the technology, i.e. tapes, all being kept the same. -I'm sure the jury scene and the water rights discussion will be kept intact.
    • ari smulders
      True...
  • ari smulders
    Sounds good but when does Hollywood discover Dan Simmons with his Hyperion saga? O wait! First aliens, blade runners, Robin hoods, King Arthur, jurassic parks, starwars, India jones remakes... Dammit I want to be a billionaire to produce it for myself!
  • amy87474
    My previous month check was 5000 bucks for working twelve hrs weekly online. My sister has a friend who has a profit of 11000 dollars monthly for a while now and she works about twenty hours /a week. I was amazed how easy it was once I tried it. The potential with this is endless... This is what I am doing>
  • Bo
    From a great title like The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress to Uprising tells me all I need to know about how this movie is likely to turn out. Plus, add the X-Men schlock director Singer and this is going to be dumbed-down junk. Bet on it!

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