Hot on the heels of the BFI‘s (British Film Institute) sponsored screenings of Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey in theaters across the UK that included a newly cut trailer, SyFy has announced that Ridley Scott will be producing a mini series adaptation of the final book in the series 3001: The Final Odyssey. SyFy recently went full Mea culpa about their programing and name change along with some heavy promises about future programming. This announcement certainly adds credibility to SyFy’s stated commitment to developing more Sci-Fi programming.
Here’s the bare bones synopsis of the final book in Clarke’s Odyssey series:
One thousand years after the Jupiter mission to explore the mysterious Monolith had been destroyed, after Dave Bowman was transformed into the Star Child, Frank Poole drifted in space, frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable. But now Poole has returned to life, awakening in a world far different from the one he left behind–and just as the Monolith may be stirring once again . . .
The reviews are mixed and run the gambit from those that loved it to those that labeled it a waste of time. It will be interesting to see how Ridley’s production company Scott Free Producitions and Warner Horizon Television will adapt the book into a miniseries. They’ve tapped screenwriter Stuart Beattie (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I, Frankenstein) to handle the writing chores.
SyFy president Dave Howe said:
Arthur C. Clarke is the father of modern science fiction. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Scott Free and Warner Horizon Television to bring to the screen, for the very first time, the final chapter of this extraordinary masterpiece.
Here’s the original trailer from 1968:
This is the re-cut trailer brought to us from Ignition Creative London:
3001: The Final Odyssey isn’t the only Arthur C. Clarke production that SyFy has in the pipeline. Clarke’s Childhood’s End will be another miniseries and begins production later this year.
Childhood’s End will be a six-hour miniseries written by Matthew Graham, (Life On Mars) and directed by Nick Hurran (Sherlock: His Last Vow).
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