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Monday, November 3, 2014

'3001: The Final Odyssey' Getting The Mini-Series Treatment From SyFy

I so very love 2001: A Space Odyssey, to my eyes, the greatest science fiction film ever made (and a pretty grand novel as well). I could rant on all day about how much I adore Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick's vision of alien influence on mankind, the potential pratfalls of artificial intelligence, and what lies beyond our comprehension in the solar system. A few films have picked up on those same strands (the team behind Alien springs most immediately to mind, though tonally very different, as does Solaris). I even have some remembered affection for Peter Hyams' 2010: The Year We Made Contact, though its a bit of an unnecessary exercise.

Now comes word that SyFy is partnering with Ridley Scott to develop an adaption of Clarke's final book in the series: 3001: The Final Odyssey. For those unfamiliar, here's the gist:
3001: The Final Odyssey - 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.

Stuart Beattie (Collateral) will write the adaptation, with Scott serving as an executive producer. SyFy channel is finally starting to show some post-Battlestar Galactica life with this news and what will hopefully be a satisfying debut for Ascension this month. Their track record isn't too impressive in this arena (no one remind me of their Dune adaptation okay?), but they have a strong start for the team and may be able to tighten up some of the stronger concepts introduced in what is admittedly one of Clarke's lesser works, though fulled with promise.

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