Rendezvous With Rama Short Film
The Pitch: Last week it was revealed that David Fincher won’t be directing a big screen adaptation of Rendezvous With Rama after all. We used an image for our blog about the news which we just assumed was included in one of the many editions of the book. Apparently not. Longtime /Film reader Aaron Ross e-mailed to inform us that the image is actually from his short film. Ross directed and animated the short in 2001 while attending Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. We get a lot of VOTD submissions from film school students. As you would expect, most of them are horrible and never make it to the site. But every once in a while, a student short films surprises me. This is the case with Ross’s Rama-based short. You can definitely see the inspiration of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. Aaron Ross has since been hired by Blue Sky Studios, and has worked on Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
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David Fincher has been trying to get Rendezvous With Rama off the ground for some time now. Arthur C. Clarke‘s 1972 novel is set in the 22nd century, a group of human explorers, who intercept a thirty-mile-long cylindrical alien starship that passes through Earth’s solar system, and attempt to unlock its mysteries. Last we heard the Zodiac director was still waiting on a script, with preliminary plans to shoot the film using performance-capture. Our friends at First Showing got a chance to speak with Fincher over the weekend, and the director confirmed that the project will probably never happen.
“It looks like it’s not going to happen. There’s no script and as you know, [Morgan Freeman's] not in the best of health right now,” admitted Fincher. “We’ve been trying to do it but it’s probably not going to happen.”
This is unfortunate. I think I speak for everyone in saying that the idea of Fincher making a Sci-Fi movie should induce geekgasms. And I’m talking about a science fiction film where he has full control, unlike Alien 3. The plot however never fully intrigued me, and without Fincher or someone on his level involved, I’m not sure I care to see it on the big screen. I mean, who exactly wants to see Paul WS Anderson’s version of 2001: A Space Odyssey?
Acclaimed sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke has died at age 90. Clarke is probably best known as the writer of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Clark is considered a scientific visionary, known as “the godfather of the telecommunications satellite”. He also foretold future technological ideas such as space stations, the moon landing, cellular phones, and even the Internet. Clark wrote 80 fiction and nonfiction books and wrote more than 100 short stories (not including hundreds of articles and essays).
David Fincher has been trying for years to develop a big screen adaptation of Clarke’s popular 1973 novel Rendezvous with Rama. Set in the 22nd century, a group of human explorers, who intercept a thirty-mile-long cylindrical alien starship that passes through Earth’s solar system, and attempt to unlock its mysteries.
Clarke is also the third in a series of geek idols to die in the last two weeks, which fits into the theory that everything happens in 3′s (“The Rule of Three’s”). The first was Gary Gygax, best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). The second happened earlier today, Oscar-winning director and writer Anthony Minghella died at age 54.
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Is the world ready for a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still? Well they better get ready. Box Office Mojo is reporting that the film will hit theaters on May 9th 2008. Our friends at FirstShowing.net have confirmed the date with Fox, so it is happening.
The original 1951 Robert Wise film was considered one of the best Science Fiction films of all time (#7 on Arthur C Clarke’s List) and was debated for it’s religious symbolism and many interpretations. The movie told the story of a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to warn its leaders not to take their conflicts into space, or they will face lethal consequences. Bernard Herrmann score is also notable, partly because of its use of two theremins. The film is currently ranked #167 of all time on IMDb, with a 8.1 rating.
A remake has been rumored to be in development for a few years now. I believe I first heard rumblings back when War of the Worlds went into production. It will be interesting to see how this story will be handled in contemorary times, with good special effects. Will the charm be lost?