It seems only Denis Villeneuve can make the big science fiction film adaptations.
Deadline reports the Dune director will helm a film based on Arthur C. Clarke‘s Rendezvous with Rama. The 1973 novel tells the tale of a massive spaceship entering the Solar System and the team of explorers sent to learn its intent. As typical of Clarke’s work, what they find is mind-bending, soulful, and unlike what you might expect.
David Fincher intended to make a film based on the book for some time, but let it go for other ideas. And, as it happens, Villeneuve’s own Arrival shares some similarities with the story. That makes him well-suited to realize the film, but it also makes him unique as the purveyor of heady science fiction blockbusters; a filmmaking position long left vacant. Not that we’re complaining, mind. It’s great someone gets to tell these stories on the cinematic canvass they deserve.
Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce alongside Lori McCreery and Morgan Freeman, who has also been interested in making Rama into a film for the last few decades.
As with all newly announced projects, it is unclear how soon Rama will arrive. Villeneuve must first finish his Dune adaptation and, if reports are true, adapt Dune Messiah.