Bryan Singer To Adapt Robert Heinlein’s The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

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The Moon Is A Harsh MistressAny day where there’s talk of an adaptation of a Robert Heinlein novel, that’s a good day to us. Starship Troopers is the probably the highest profile movie based on his work, but his stories have appeared in many forms, and his short, “All You Zombies,” recently made it to the big screen as Predestination. Now it looks like his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is on the way to theaters thanks to X-Men director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer is teaming up with Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim to adapt the 1966 sci-fi novel, which is being renamed Uprising, a way less interesting, way more generic title. It’s always disappointing when the adaptation of a book with a cool name gets a bland makeover.


Predestination Is An Unusual Time Travel Film That’s Never What You Expect

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PredestinationBoth audiences and studios often look at January as a time of the year that’s a desolate wasteland full of terrible movies, and it certainly is that to a degree. While the last of the awards hopefuls open wide, there are going to be a ton of bad movies released over the next few weeks (The Wedding Ringer anyone?). But the first month of the year can also be a place where movies get dumped because no one can figure out how the hell to market them, and in 2015, one title that falls into this category is the latest from the Australian duo Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers), the time travel thriller Predestination.

Based on Robert Heinlein’s classic short story “All You Zombies,” Predestination premiered at the South by Southwest film festival last year, though it hasn’t hit theaters until now. Don’t let the timing of the opening turn you off, because what you get is an ambitious, weird, well-made sci-fi story that, while it may not blow your mind wide open, is interesting and definitely worth a watch if you’re looking for unusual genre fare. And if you’ve encountered any of the marketing, you have very little idea what you’re getting into.


This Predestination Poster Protects The Past To Save The Future

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PredestinationBase your movie on a classic Robert Heinlein story and you’ve immediately got our attention. And that’s just what the Spierig Brothers, Michael and Peter, the duo behind the zombie tale Undead and the vampire drama Daybreakers, did with their new time travel thriller Predestination. We’re only a short way out from release, and they’re back with a slick new poster for the film.

Based on Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies,” the basic plot of Predestination sounds similar to a few other notable science fiction movies, most prominently Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report and the Jean-Claude Van Damme joint TimeCop. Ethan Hawke stars, and the cast also includes Sarah Snook, who is getting good marks for the horror flick Jessabelle, and Noah Taylor, who is fantastic in everything from Game of Thrones to Edge of Tomorrow.


Stranger In A Stranger Land: Sci-Fi Meets The Jungle Book With Orgies

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stranger_in_a_strange_landI love Robert Heinlein’s 1961 sci-fi classic Stranger in a Strange Land, but it’s by no means a perfect book, and many people prefer some (if not all) of Heinlein’s other books. While 438 pages isn’t a lot by sci-fi/fantasy standards, it feels like a lot more if the tone, sexism, and other counterculture ideas in the book don’t work for a reader. But for me, the length of the book reveals the depth of Heinlein’s narrative talents.

The premise isn’t really all that science fictional: Valentine Michael Smith was born on Earth but raised on Mars (by Martians), and then returns to Earth as a young adult. Sure, it involves Martians and space travel between planets, but at its heart, the book is an exploration of society. It updates Rudyard Kipling’s question by asking what happens to a man raised on another planet when he makes his way back to Earth?


Robert Heinlein Fans: Want To Own His Second-Best Bed?

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Heinlein's bedAre you sure? Do you know who, or what, has been in there? Or is it the possibility that some alien or other creature slept in that bed that makes you want to buy it?

This is one of the stranger (yes, there’s a Heinlein pun for you) sci-fi news bits I’ve read in a while. The “second-best” bed of esteemed sci-fi author Robert Heinlein will soon be for sale. As with any bed, though, some history is in order to explain why this piece of furniture might sell for $1 million. Or maybe $10. Somewhere in there.

In 1974, Heinlein was pronounced the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master (don’t worry, it’s far less Klan-ish than it sounds), and along with Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, he comprises the triumvirate known as the “big three” of science fiction. He won four Hugo awards (Double Star, Starship Troopers — the book and the movie bear little resemblance to one another — Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress) and three Retro Hugos (Farmer in the Sky, The Man Who Sold the Moon, and Destination Moon), which are far cooler and come with bell bottoms.


Promo Poster For Predestination Winds Back The Clock(s)

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As I think we’ve made abundantly clear in the past, we’ve got a couple of serious Heinlein fans puttering around in GFR’s super-secret orbital satellite headquarters. Heinlein’s works have yet to be really explored by Hollywood in the way, say, Philip K. Dick’s have, and he’s got plenty of material that could make for a great movie. Will the upcoming Predestination, starring Ethan Hawke and based on a Heinlein short story, achieve greatness? We’ll have to wait and see, but in the mean time it’s got a pretty kickass poster.

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