Ridley Scott Adapting Arthur C. Clarke's 3001: The Final Odyssey for Syfy
Holy Arthur C. Clarke adaptations, Batman! Ridley Scott will helm a 3001: The Final Odyssey miniseries for Syfy, to join the recently greenlit Childhood's End.
3001: The Final Odyssey is the final installment of Arthur C. Clarke's acclaimed Space Odyssey series, which began with 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001 was adapted into an Oscar-winning film by Clarke and Stanley Kubrick, which is considered by many critics to be the best science fiction movie of all time. 3001 follows astronaut Frank Poole, who was killed by Hall-9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey but then freeze-dried for 1000 years and resuscitated. He then returns to Earth to find that the Jovian monolith is awaiting higher approval to obliterate the human race.
Ridley Scott of Alien and Blade Runner (another adaptation of classic sci-fi literature) will executive produce, and Pirates of the Caribbean's Stuart Beattie will write the script. According to an official release from Syfy, the Kubrick and Clarke estates are both fully in support of the new project.
Syfy seems to be staying true to their word that their upcoming series will be more Battlestar Galactica, less Sharknado, as they have more exciting shows coming up than we ever would have expected. In addition to their other Arthur C. Clarke adaptation, Childhood's End, and a spy thriller from none other than Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, they also have adaptations of Dark Horse's acclaimed Dark Matter comic series and Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys in the works. We saw an advance screening of the latter, and it's good. (We're as surprised as you are.)