Rama Is Back

You wouldn't believe which title IMDB has just added back into David Fincher's filmography: Just very recently Morgan Freeman confirmed the possibility of this long-gestating project still working its way into production. Now "Rendezvous With Rama", David Fincher's probable science-fiction 3D epic, was announced again, aiming at a 2013 release date.

The novel by the late Arthur C. Clarke is widely considered to be a milestones of the genre, and I would love to see Fincher tackle a 3D sci-fi epic – then why not with one of the best novels out there.

Morgan Freeman's production company, Revelations Entertainment, lists the project as "in development", along with a host of no less than seven screenwriters. In this MTV snippet Freeman said, they are still waiting for a script; maybe they finally have one?

"Spectacular" is not nearly the right word for this renewed rumor. But for lack of a better word, "spectacular" is the right word.

What do you think? Will it happen? Would you love to see this movie?



  1. "Spectacular" is not nearly the right word for this renewed rumor. But for lack of a better word, "spectacular" is the right word.


  2. Has anyone here read the book? Fincherfanatic, can it really be this hard to adapt it into a screenplay that you'd need 15 years and 7 screenwriters?

  3. It can happen. Look at the long development history of "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" which has been labored over since the early 90s. What's more surprising to me is that Fincher has been (more or less) attached as a director to "Rendezvous With Rama" for about five years or more. I would be surprised that even with a director it would still take this long. And if I remember correctly Fincher cited budgeting concerns for the film not moving a couple of years ago.

    7 screenwriters? That doesn't seem to be that uncommon. If you look at development histories even of smaller pictures, it's not surprising if they are around for five years plus until (if ever) they see a green light. I read an article on the development of "A Team" recently, where it was said they went through almost ten years of development and 11 (?) writers.

    (I just dug up the link again: http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/11-screenwriters-later-how-alex-young-lost-control-of-the-a-team/)

    So while "A Team" certainly isn't comparable, yes, I can easily imagine it can be very hard to get a screenplay "right" -- especially if you have the will to get it right, as Fincher and obviously Freeman seem to have it.

    And to answer your first question, I started reading "Rendezvous With Rama" last week... I will keep you updated, how I am liking it.

  4. To tell you the truth, I don't really want to get my hopes up for this one. I have a bad feeling, it's not going to happen. In a weird way I'm thinking science fiction is perfect for Fincher with his clinical, perfectly constructed visuals. But take a look at all the projects he's developing. I don't think we'll see this.

  5. 10 bucks it's not getting made.

  6. I guess the problem with the adaptation is that the book doesn't have an antagonist per se. It's mostly the crew exploring the ship and

    not really gettin any answers for what they find.
    Unless, of course, you read the sequels, which are rather different in characters, structure and tone.

    Basically it would be more of a awe/"look at the pretty pictures" and "what is our place in the universe" kinda movie.
    Much like 2001.

  7. This is rumour controlOctober 26, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    IMDB putting Rama back into his filmography doesn't mean anything. They have the same status as this blog here, meaning they also go on rumours, and may even have heard in the same interview with Freeman as we did. They have also been wrong countless times, adding titles and removing them again.