After the success of his adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s Dune, director Denis Villeneuve is now tackling an adaptation of Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, another science-fiction giant.
Production company Alcon Entertainment, which has previously worked with Villeneuve on his films Prisoners and Blade Runner, has acquired the rights to the novel for the Canadian director to take the lead on the new project.
Prior to this, the novel was controlled by Morgan Freeman and his partner Lori McCreary‘s company, Revelations Entertainment, which will also produce the film with Alcon.
Published in 1973, the novel set in the 2130s follows a 31 by 12-mile cylindrical alien ship that enters the solar system. The story is told from the point of view of a group of human explorers who intercept the ship in an attempt to unravel its mysteries. This novel is considered a science fiction gem.
“This is one of the most intelligent works of fiction in the genre; it poses as many questions as it does answers, and is a work for our time,” said Alcon’s co-PDG. “It’s perfectly fitted to our friend and collaborator Denis’ brilliant sensibilities and specifically to his love and passion for science fiction. We are also pleased to work with Morgan and Lori, who have a long-standing passion for this IP.”
At the moment, we have no information about the casting and potential shooting date.