In a true testament that Syfy is returning to its science fiction roots and the genre that we all love, the network has announced that they will be releasing Arthur C. Clarke’s fourth and final book in the ‘Odyssey’ series ‘3001: The Final Odyssey’ as a mini-series event! If that wasn’t exciting news in itself, there is a lot of weight being put behind it as Ridley Scott and his studio Scott Free Productions is set to executive produce the mini-series. David W. Zucker and Clayton Krueger are also set to serve as co-executive producers. Rounding out the production table will be Stuart Beattie who will also be writing the adaptation.
‘3001: The Final Odyssey’ is the follow up to Clarke’s famous work ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and is “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.”
With the first novel being released in 1968 and this one being released in 1997 it is an epic that spanned over 30 years through publication.
According to Ridley Scott:
“I have always been a fan of Clarke’s extraordinary ‘Odyssey’ series, and certainly Kubrick’s adaptation of 2001. I am thrilled to be part of bringing that legacy to audiences and continuing the great cinematic tradition that this story and its creators deserve.”
Syfy President Dave Howe added in that, “Arthur C. Clarke is the father of modern science fiction. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Scott Free and Warner Horizon Television to bring to the screen, for the very first time, the final chapter of this extraordinary masterpiece.”
This is exciting news as the network has also recently optioned the rights to film a miniseries of Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Childhood’s End‘ and will be joining a slew of new shows such as ‘The Magicians‘ and ‘Killjoys‘ as well as new miniseries plans such as ‘Ascension.’