X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer has signed on to direct an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. The award-winning 1966 novel centers on the revolt of a lunar colony from the rule of Earth, aided by a newly sentient supercomputer named Mike. The upcoming film from Twentieth Century Fox, titled Uprising, will be written by Marc Guggenheim, who is best known for writing and executive producing the Arrow TV series.
In addition to directing, Singer will also produce the film, alongside Deception producer Lloyd Braun and documentary filmmaker Thor Halvorssen (Indoctrinate U).
This is not the first attempt by filmmakers to adapt the Heinlein novel. Two previous adaptations, including one by DreamWorks, made it into development, but neither one materialized, and the rights reverted to Heinlein’s estate. Other sci-fi novels by Heinlein have served as the basis for feature films, including Project Moonbase in 1953 and The Puppet Masters in 1994.