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Robert A. Heinlein‘s Novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Becoming Movie

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The science fiction novel, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” written by Robert A. Heinlein, is getting the movie treatment thanks to director Bryan Singer. The movie is reportedly being retitled Uprising. The story follows a lunar colony that revolts against the rulers of Earth. 

“The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” was initially released in 1966 by the prolific science fiction author. It later worn the Hugo Award, though it would be the author’s last win.

Singer is attached to collaborate with the studio to produce the project with possibilities to direct as well. The film is being written by “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim.

This is the third time it has been attempted to adapt this particular novel into a movie. Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio had written a script to be produced by DreamWorks Studios. Another version from Phoenix Pictures had producer David Heyman attached. Both films never came to fruition and the rights to the novel eventually returned to Heinlein’s estate.

This is not the first novel by Heinlein to be adapted for the silver screen. In 1998, The Puppet Masters starring Donald Sutherland was directed by Stuart Orme. His most popular novel, Starship Troopers, would also be later adapted by Paul Verhoeven. Earlier this year, his short story All You Zombies was adapted into Predestination starring Ethan Hawke.

Bryan Singer Talks X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Bryan Singer, the director of the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past, recently discussed the new project and why it is his most ambitious one yet. One of the reasons it is so highly anticipated is that both casts of from the original X-Men films and the most recent X-Men: First Class will appear. Singer talked about X-Men: Days of Future Past in an interview with Empire.

When speaking about the sheer magnitude of the film and those involved, Singer mentioned how it was to work with both casts of the previous films as well as the ideas of time travel!

It’s epic. I don’t think people realize how big this movie’s going to be. We get to bring both casts together. We’ve cracked it in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick with them. That’s why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible.”

In prospect of the combination cast, Singer addressed fans concerns that film will not adhere to the original source material.

It has a lot of aspects of the comic. The actual comic of Days Of Future Past had a whole ton of stuff going on, so it’s like any of these things; you have to distill it. But I think the fans will be pleased that some of the most exciting parts of Days Of Future Past are going to be connected to this movie.”

One of the major worries about X-Men: Days of Future Past has to do with continuity. Fans wonder whether the film will acknowledge the events of the previous films due to continuity issues, but Singer assures that every film in the series will be taken into account as canon.

“I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. But ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past will hit theaters on July 18, 2014. Confirmed cast members for the film include Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Hugh Jackman.

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No Matthew Vaughn for ‘X-Men: First Class’ Sequel

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Matthew Vaughn directed the successful prequel X-Men: First Class, produced by Bryan Singer. New news suggests Singer may direct the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Vaughn moving to the producer’s chair.

The project is a big deal for 20th Century Fox and it seems like a logical choice to move from Vaughn to Singer now that Vaughn has stepped aside. Singer was behind X-Men and X2 as a director and writer. He first hit my radar screen with the crime drama The Usual Suspects, which he directed very well.

Vaughn’s influence won’t go missing on the Days of Future Past set, however. He wrote the film’s treatment. It was based on a script by Simon Kinberg, who will now follow suite in the game of musical chairs behind the picture to produce the movie alongside Lauren Shuler Donner.

Matthew Vaughn isn’t going on hiatus instead of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past. On the contrary, he’ll be hard at work on something else, and the rumor mill suggests that the something else might just be the Mark Millar adaptation, Secret Service.

The X-Men: Days of Future Past script is already complete. Returning with the sequel are actors Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. The tentative release date is July 18th, 2014 release date. McAvoy recently voiced Arthur Christmas.

Nabbing Bryan Singer as director to replace Vaughn is not yet set in stone. I’m sure fans will agree that he’s a great choice, but we can’t count on him accepting just yet. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. His fairy tale adventure Jack the Giant Slayer starring Beast actor Nicholas Hoult, will debut from Warner Bros. on March 1st, 2013.

As for Vaughn, he is also directing Kick-Ass 2 film, which has been making headlines. We just recently released the film’s official synopsis. What is interesting about that project is that Jim Carrey has joined the cast.

I really enjoyed First Class and I’m especially excited about the sequel. The Days of Future Past storyline in the comics was dark and dramatic and we have yet to see something so nuanced come to the big screen, with the exception of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. The storyline in the sequel would involve a sinister future being revealed to the current members of the X-Men team. Believe me, they won’t like what they see.

What is further interesting to me has been the talk of other X-Men franchise characters returning to explore their origin stories. I thought of First Class as more of a reboot than a prequel, but it looks like I’m a little flawed in that line of thinking. We did, after all, see a glimpse of Rebecca Romijn in the film, though Jennifer Lawrence had taken over the role. That more than hints at the connection between the first X-films to the latest ones.

Rose Byrne and January Jones have also expressed their interest in returning to their roles.

It was Brett Ratner who directed the third film in the franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand. Might he be in the running for director if Bryan Singer doesn’t sign the dotted line?

X-Men “Days Of Future Past” Heading To The Silver Screen

Seminal X-Men story arc “Days Of Future Past,” will receive the big screen treatment, says producer Bryan Singer. The film will be a sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class, and while Singer didn’t say how true to the comic book the movie would be, but he did mention that some very new things would also be dealt with.

“It’s going to be very ambitious,” Singer says.

Singer says the film is still being written right now and will start shooting in a few months. Matthews Vaughn will return as director. While Singer couldn’t confirm the possibility of appearances of characters from the first four X-Men films, he did say that there was a strong desire to broaden out the universe.

“The X-Men universe is every bit on its own as big as the Marvel universe,” he says. “I think it’s time to reach out and explore it, and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films. So, you may see some of that.”

The story arc “Days Of Future Past” features writer/artist team Chris Claremont and John Byrne and ran through Uncanny X-Men #141 and 142 in 1981. It deals with a dystopian alternative future where mutants are hunted by Sentinels and kept in internment camps. It stars Kitty Pryde, who transfers her mind through time into the younger present-day Kitty, who turns to the X-Men to prevent the political assassination plot that triggered the events. (This reality has been designated as Earth-811, by the way.)

X-Men: Days Of Future Past is scheduled for a summer 2014 release