Bryan Singer is the latest director attached to adapt the classic Robert A. Heinlein science fiction novel The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress for the big screen. Which means that soon Bryan Singer will be the latest director to announce that his project to adapt The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress for the big screen has been cancelled. It’s just a matter of time. Find out why after the break.
Online reports make a big deal about the book having a number of libertarian ideas. Yawn. Know what else had some political discourse in the novel? Starship Troopers. Did a lick of that make it to the movie? Nope. Will any of the political stuff in Moon make it to the big screen? NOPE!
And so you’re left with a story about a Lunar colony revolt that most science fiction geeks know by name only. Call a similar story The Lunar Colony Revolts and you’ll get exactly the same box office lift without having to worry about adapting an older book. Starship Troopers could have been called Space Bug Wars for all that it took from the book.
Moon is known for being hard science fiction–it goes to great lengths to make the science part of its science fiction accurate. But this was science from 1966. Remember all the levers and giant buttons in the original episodes of Star Trek? Those were hard science fiction too. So there’s no benefit to that either.
There’s a reason why Steven Spielberg decided not to make a movie of The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress–because you don’t need the book weighing you down. Bryan Singer can get far more interesting projects. And he will. Expect this project to languish for a while before finally being cancelled (or just fade into obscurity only to reappear when the production company needs to do something to keep their options/rights alive).