[Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Final Odyssey was the third installment of Clarke's series, not 2061: Odyssey Three.]
If you’re a fan of Arthur C. Clarke, prepare to get about as excited as a group of monkey men discovering a monolith, because Syfy is bringing the fourth installment of the author’s Odyssey books to life with Ridley Scott.
Announced today, the network revealed it is working with Scott’s company Scott Free Productions and Warner Horizon Television -– with the full support of the estates of both the author and 2001: A Space Odyssey director Stanley Kubrick -- to adapt Clarke’s novel 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries.
With an adaptation written by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral), who will serve as executive producer along with Scott and David W. Zucker, the plot begins with the discovery of the frozen body of character Frank Poole from 2001: A Space Odyssey and will resolve the story that spanned more than three decades. According to the announcement, Final Odyssey is a man-out-of-time story that “offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.”
Clarke’s 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey was being written at the same time he and Kubrick co-authored the screenplay (based on Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel”) for the Academy Award-winning classic, which Kubrick helmed. The novel’s sequel, 2010: Odyssey Two, was also adapted into a movie, directed by Peter Hyams. The third installment of the series, 2061: Odyssey Three, was published in 1987 while Final Odyssey arrived in 1997.
Said Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) about the project:
“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.”
“Arthur C. Clarke is the father of modern science fiction,” added Syfy President Dave Howe. “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.”
Syfy’s announcement follows its greenlighting of another classic Clarke novel, Childhood’s End, which begins production later this year.