Syfy really is serious about re-owning the science fiction genre. The network is already moving forward on its adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, but now Syfy has announced another Clarke project: 3001: The Final Odyssey, the never-before-produced last book of Clarke’s Space Odyssey series.
In a press release, Syfy announced that it will adapt 3001 into a miniseries:
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.
Screenwriter Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean; I, Frankenstein) will adapt the novel. He’ll also act as an executive producer alongside Ridley Scott (whose company Scott Free productions will be teaming up with Syfy) and David W. Zucker. The press release adds that “the 3001 adaptation is being done with the blessing and support of both the Kubrick and Clarke estates.” Of the four novels in the Space Odyssey series, only the first two have been adapted.
A digitally-restored version of 2001 is also getting a limited release in the UK, with a chilling new trailer.