Bryan Singer and Arrow's Marc Guggenheim to Adapt Sci-Fi Novel 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress'
X-Men helmer Bryan Singer and Arrow/Flash executive producer Marc Guggenheim will team up to adapt the classic sci-fi novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress for the big screen.
The novel, written by Robert Heinlein, is an allegory for libertarianism which takes place in scattered underground colonies on the Moon. Most of the inhabitants are criminals or political exiles, so the colonies have little to no official leadership or government intervention, and they ultimately rebel against Earth's rule. Highly acclaimed since its release, the book was nominated for the Nebula Award in 1966, received the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967, and has been hailed as a classic of the genre ever since.
The film adaptation, which comes from 20th Century Fox, will be directed by Singer and written by Guggenheim. This will mark the third attempt to adapt the novel; Dreamworks has developed projects twice before, but both entered development hell and the rights ultimately reverted to Heinlein's estate.
For the most part, this project sounds exciting, as the novel is compelling and both Singer and Guggenheim have established sci-fi pedigrees. But the most dispiriting news so far is that they're changing the title from the intriguing, if melodramatic, "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" to the utterly generic "Uprising." Didn't they learn their lesson from "Edge of Tomorrow"??