Thanks largely to his work on the X-Men franchise, Bryan Singer is one of the most successful science fiction directors working right now. He returned to the world of mutants with last year's blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past, and he's continuing his X-work with next year's X-Men: Apocalypse. That doesn't mean he doesn't have time for other sci-fi cinema, though, and apparently his next project will be to bring a classic by one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century to the screen at last.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Singer will direct an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress for X-Men studio Fox. The adaptation, retitled Uprising, will be scripted by Marc Guggenheim, co-developer of the hit CW series Arrow, where he also serves as an executive producer and writer.
One of Heinlein's best-known works, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress tells the story of a lunar colony's plans to revolt from Earth control and documents the subsequent revolution. The novel was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award for Best Novel and won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1967. Several attempts have been made in the past to bring the novel to screen, including one by Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, and another by Harry Potter producer David Heyman. Both eventually settled into development hell until the rights reverted back to the Heinlein estate, and now Fox has snagged those rights for Singer and Guggenheim. If all goes well, Uprising will join the ranks of Heinlein adaptations including Red Planet (the miniseries, not the film) and Starship Troopers.
At the moment, Singer's busy prepping Apocalypse, which is set to begin shooting next month, so it's not clear exactly when he'll tackle Uprising. What is clear, though, is that a pair of genre heavyweights are committed to the project, so we're already anxious to see if this one goes the distance.