Let's just get used to it. All of our favorite classics and all of the monoliths of cinematic and creative history will eventually get remade and/or given sequels. That's just going to happen.
Today, we've got news that Ridley Scott is developing a miniseries for SyFy which could act as a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's ground-breaking 2001: A Space Odyssey. I say 'could,' because it's not entirely clear what it is.
You see, SyFy (yeah, those guys who made Sharknado) is hoping to develop the final book in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series, 3001: The Final Odyssey, for television. 3001 is of course the literary sequel to 2001, 2010: Odyssey Two (which was also adapted into a film in 1986), and 2061: Odyssey Three.
In this sense, 3001 will essentially be a sequel of 2001 since they are drawn from the same book series, although it is not entirely clear if this SyFy mini-series is an official sequel to Stanley Kubrick's movie version. Personally, I'm guessing so, as the project has sought and received the full support of both Clarke's and Kubrick's estates.
Although the inclusion of science-fiction veteran Ridley Scott might be welcomed by some, the choice of Stuart Beattie as screenwriter could raise some eyebrows. His resume is not entirely reassuring as it features no hardcore science fiction; instead, it includes writing credits for such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It's also worth reminding ourselves that he is the guy who directed recent massive uber-flop I, Frankenstein. Worrying stuff.
Below is the synopsis for the book version of 3001: Final Odyssey.
In this fourth and final book in a 30-year publishing odyssey (following 2001, 2010, and 2061), 2001 astronaut Frank Poole, presumed dead and adrift in deep space near Jupiter, is recovered alive in the year 3001. Intent on saving humanity, he returns to Jupiter's satellite, Europa, to contact partner Dave Bowman, whose mind has become absorbed by a third monolith.
There is currently no word on casting, director, or a time frame for release.
Does a 3001: Final Odyssey mini-series really need to exist?