On December 15, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Denis Villeneuve is set to direct a movie adaption of 2001: A Space Odyssey author Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel Rendezvous With Rama.
This is big news for all sci-fi fans, so what do we know about this exciting adaptation so far?
This big screen version of Clarke’s novel has been a long time coming. For over two decades, the rights to the book have been owned by Revelations Entertainment, Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s production company.
Villeneuve’s film will be produced by Alcon Entertainment, which also produced his previous films Prisoners and Blade Runner: 2049. Freeman and McCreary will also produce through Revelations.
In a statement, Freeman and McCreary praised Villeneuve: “Denis’ vision for Rama felt completely aligned with Arthur’s wishes, so we are confident that teaming with our producing partners Andrew and Broderick at Alcon is the right next step in this over-20-year odyssey!”
Villeneuve is not new to the sci-fi movie scene in the least. His 2021 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune was a box office success and has been nominated for 10 Oscars. He also received critical acclaim for 2016’s Arrival and 2017’s Blade Runner: 2049.
Originally published in 1973, Rendezvous With Rama tells the story of a group of astronauts sent to investigate a mysterious craft that has entered the solar system. The ship, which they call Rama, seems to be evidence of an advanced alien civilization.
As the astronauts discover more things aboard the ship, they find more questions than answers. The novel was an instant classic when it was published, winning both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
As of now, there’s no news about any potential writers or actors connected to the project, so we’ll just have to wait and see. In terms of a release date, Villeneuve is already set to direct Dune: Part 2 as well as executive produce and direct a few episodes of Dune: The Sisterhood, a prequel series on HBO Max, so it seems Rendezvous With Rama won’t be hitting theaters anytime soon. But all good things come to those who wait.
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