Earlier this year, it was announced that Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke was being adapted into a miniseries by the SyFy channel. Now, word comes from Variety that Clarke’s novel 3001: The Final Odyssey is getting the same SyFy miniseries treatment.
Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free Prods. and Warner Horizon Television are developing the miniseries. Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Clayton Krueger and Stuart Beattie will serve as producers. Beattie is also the screen writer for the project. His writing credits include the Pirates of the Caribbeans films, 30 Days of Night, I, Frankenstein and the upcoming Tarzan and Halo films. The estates of both Kubrick and Clarke have offered their full support for the 3001: The Final Odyssey miniseries.
3001: The Final Odyssey continues the story that began with Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel”, which was the basis for the 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey (written concurrently with the classic Stanley Kubrick film). That book spawned three sequels:
- 2010: Odyssey Two (1982, also adapted to film)
- 2061: Odyssey Three (1987)
- 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997)
3001: The Final Odyssey picks up the story of Frank Poole, the astronaut from 2001, when his freeze-dried body is discovered 1,000 years after the events of the first book. Humanity fears that the Jovian monolith, believed to be monitoring Earth so that its alien creators could pass judgment on it, will soon receive the go-ahead to obliterate human civilization. I hate when that happens.
SPOILER ALERT: If memory serves, this had a ridiculous ending that was appropriated by the filmmakers of Independence Day. Let’s hope this adaptation cleans that up a bit, hmm?