Ridley Scott is set to executive produce a miniseries adaptation of 3001: The Final Odyssey by author Arthur C. Clarke for Syfy.
3001 is the final entry of the “Space Odyssey” series, which began with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Both the 2001 novel and film were developed at the same time—the former written by Clarke and the latter directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Clarke and Kubrick, with both being released in 1968.
The first sequel in the series, 2010: Odyssey Two, was published in 1982, and was adapted into the 1984 movie 2010. In 1987 the next installment titled 2061: Odyssey Three was released, and, finally, 3001 was released in 1997. Back in 2000 Tom Hanks was trying to produce and star in adaptations of the last two novels, but nothing ever came of it.
Here’s an official description:
An epic story of a man lost in time, Arthur C. Clarke’s final Odyssey book resolves the tale that was begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Beginning with the discovery of Frank Poole’s frozen body, floating in space, 3001: The Final Odyssey offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.
Syfy says both the Clarke and Kubrick estates have offered their support of the adaptation.
Of the announcement, Scott says:
“I have always been a fan of Clarke’s extraordinary Odyssey series, and certainly Kubrick’s adaptation of 2001. I am thrilled to be part of bringing that legacy to audiences and continuing the great cinematic tradition that this story and its creators deserve.”
Stuart Beattie, who worked on script for Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and also penned the screenplays for Collateral, I, Frankenstein (which he also directed), and the upcoming Tarzan, will write 3001, and also be an executive producer.