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Bryan Singer: Robert Heinlein adaptation after 'X-Men'?

‘The Moon is Harsh Mistress’ will be a movie, won’t be called ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’

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Bryan Singer spent the last couple years making X-Men movies and tweeting about making X-Men movies. But he could be heading to space soon. According to The Hollywood Reporterthe filmmaker is working on an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. EW has confirmed that Fox is developing the project, which will be written by Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim. Lest you think any studio could make a science-fiction epic with a title as gloriously weird as The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the project is currently titled simply Uprising.

Heinlein’s considered one of the seminal authors in the science-fiction genre, but his work hasn’t been explored very much by Hollywood. The one notable exception—Paul Verhoeven’s brilliant Starship Troopers—is practically a parody of Heinlein’s much more serious, vaguely fascist novel. Harsh Mistress might seem an odd choice for adaptation, since it doesn’t quite have the cultural cachet/name recognition ofTroopers or the proto-hippie Stranger in a Strange Land.

The book has a blockbuster-ish premise—a repressed work colony on the moon revolts against Mother Earth. And its portrayal of Lunar culture is one of Heinlein’s more evocative faux-cultures, replete with polyamourous group marriages and frontier duels and Marxist-Libertarian rebels.