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Bryan Singer is currently holed up in Montreal, knee deep in X-Men but that isn't stopping him from getting involved with new projects and one of the most recent sounds particularly promising.


Buzz is that Singer has signed on to executive produce a movie adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress." The novel, originally published in 1966, focuses on a lunar colony that revolts against Earth rule. The movie will be titled Uprising and the story is being adapted by Marc Guggenheim who has written a whole whack of TV (most recently "Arrow") and has been tapped to write the upcoming The Flash movie.



Various folks have been attempting to get this project made for years and at one point, it was even set up at DreamWorks, but both times the rights lapsed and reverted back to the Heinlein estate. There's no guarantee the same thing won't happen again but with Singer attached, I can't help but think that this time, it may actually go somewhere. Plus, there seems to be an appetite for big scale sci-fi at the moment and this definitely fits the bill.


There's no telling if Singer would be interested in directing but considering it's high stakes scifi, I'd guess that's definitely a possibility.

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chuck (4 years ago) Reply

I've only seen The Usual Suspects but I have my fingers crossed. This was one of my favorite books as a teen.
Now for a real Starship Troopers reboot with the MI suits.

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MrSatyre (4 years ago) Reply

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Seriously, no. This will not translate well from the printed page to the silver screen. There are simply too many aspects to the characters' developments and their collective struggles---and too many pauses which span months---which read well and are absolutely essential, but would have to be eliminated from a screenplay entirely.

If this were to be a mini-series on SyFy, I could see it being pulled off. But not a feature-length film. Just look at the mess that was World War Z.

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Cockroachcharlie (4 years ago) Reply

I would adore a film adaptation of this book. Still, I have to agree with MrSatyre. This is better left to a running serial than a single 90 minute film. And this is coming from a guy who has only just picked up the book and is a third through.

I can already tell,one could make a quality film just from this first third alone.


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