It looks as though Bryan Singer will be stepping out of the X-Men universe to take on a new science fiction project. Don’t worry – he’s still working on Apocalypse and has made no suggestion that he’s leaving the franchise. The director is just attached to the adaptation of scifi novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, written by Robert A. Heinlein.
The novel follows a lunar colony that decides it doesn’t want to be under the thumb of earth leaders anymore, and decides it wants to see other people. Does it work it well for them immediately? Of course not, it’s a book you weirdo. There’s all sort of ramifications and chaos as a result, which makes for a stunning novel. This is why the book was nominated for a Nebula award and took home the Hugo Award way back in 1967.
Heinlein’s work is no stranger to movie adaptations. Other novels like The Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers have been banged out on the big screen to moderate cult acclaim – or huge cult acclaim, depending on which cult you’re talking to.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress in particular has been subject to numerous adaptation attempts over the years, bouncing between Dreamworks and Phoenix Pictures, which a whole bunch of screenwriters in between. The latest script has been concocted by Marc Guggenheim, who’s recently worked on Arrow and The Flash.
There’s no cast list as yet and no suggestions of how faithful the script will be to the book, but with such a strong comic book team behind it there should be a solid blend of scifi, action and drama. And costumes, moon costumes everywhere!