Syfy is making good on their pledge to return to science fiction drama. The studio has plans to adapt the final book in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey into a miniseries.
Just a few weeks after Syfy announced production on Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, the network has just dropped another Clarke-centric announcement. Syfy is teaming up with Scott Free Productions and Warner Horizon Television to adapt 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries.
A press release announced the undertaking, saying that, "the 3001 adaptation is being done with the blessing and support of both the Kubrick and Clarke estates."
According to the announcement, Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral) will write the adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Scott Free's Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. Clayton Krueger will serve as co-executive producer. Here's the summary Syfy released if you're unfamiliar with the work. Plus, I find that studio summaries sometimes show you where the production heads are at with the creation:
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 Odysseyoffers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.
Granted, we're assuming most of this is in the super early stages, so we'll have to wait to hear more. Clarke's Space Odyssey series started with 2001: A Space Odyssey (published in 1968). The sequel was titled 2010: Odyssey Two (published in 1982). Both books were made into films in 1968 and 1984, respectively. Next was 2061: Odyssey Three (published in 1987) and then 3001: The Final Odyssey (published in 1997).
Neither 2061 nor 3001 has been filmed, until now. Fingers crossed.