Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, perhaps the finest sci-fi film of all time, is to get a sequel of sorts in the form of 3001: The Final Odyssey, a SyFy TV show executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Syfy, the network that brought you Mega Python vs Gatoroid and Sharknado 2: The Second One, has ordered the series according to Slash Film, with Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie set to adapt Arthur C. Clarke's novel of the same name.
Alien director Scott, who has also been working on a Halo series recently, said in a statement:
"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."
The show is expected to follow astronaut Frank Poole as he is reawakened 1000 years into Earth's future.
The official book cover for Clarke's 3001: The Final Odyssey reads:
"One thousand years after the Jupiter mission to explore the mysterious Monolith had been destroyed, after Dave Bowman was transformed into the Star Child, Frank Poole drifted in space, frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable. But now Poole has returned to life, awakening in a world far different from the one he left behind–and just as the Monolith may be stirring once again…."
Another novel in Clarke's series, 2010: Odyssey Two was adapted in 1984, though 2061: Odyssey Three never made it to cinemas.