Syfy has announced that it is set to adapt Arthur C. Clarke’s 1997 novel “3001: The Final Odyssey” into a miniseries which Ridley Scott will executive produce. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “I, Frankenstein” scribe Stuart Beattie will adapt the work.
Clarke penned four novels in his ‘Odyssey’ series starting with 1968’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” which became the famous Stanley Kubrick film which is still considered one of the greatest films ever made.
The second novel, 1982’s “2010: Odyssey Two” was adapted in 1984 by Peter Hyams as “2010: The Year We Make Contact,” a less meditative and more straightforward sci-fi story starring Roy Scheider, Helen Mirren and John Lithgow. Taken on its own terms, the film is still an excellent piece of genre work that has developed its own cult following.
The third novel, “2061: Odyssey Three,” was published in 1987 and wasn’t adapted though Tom Hanks was said to be pursuing the idea of playing the lead at the time.
In the fourth novel, “3001,” astronaut Frank Poole’s body is found frozen and floating in space for a millenia. Returned and revived back on Earth, he arrives on the eve of a major event – the monolith’s creators are about to pass judgement on whether humanity should survive.
Syfy says the Kubrick and Clarke estates will fully support “3001” which Warner Horizon Television will produce and Scott and David W. Zucker will executive produce. Production is slated to begin before the year ends.
Source: The Live Feed