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Ridley Scott to produce sequel series to '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Ridley Scott to produce sequel series to '2001: A Space Odyssey'

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A sequel miniseries to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is in the works, and Ridley Scott is on board as executive producer. The new series, 3001: The Final Odyssey, will be based on classic sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke's novel of the same name, and will reportedly see release sometime in 2015.

According to SlashFilm, 3001 will be adapted for the screen by Pirates of the Caribbean scribe Stuart Beattie. The series will most likely follow astronaut Frank Poole who, after being thrown into deep space by HAL-9000 in 2001, is reawakened 1000 years into Earth's future.

Scott, for his part, is excited to be joining the project. In an official statement, the Alien director said:

"I have always been a fan of Clarke’s extraordinary Odyssey series, and certainly Kubrick’s adaptation of 2001. I am thrilled to be part of bringing that legacy to audiences and continuing the great cinematic tradition that this story and its creators deserve."

This is only the latest project with Scott attached. The director has already worked on the new Halo series Halo:Nightfall, due out later this month, and is attached to produced a upcoming biopic on rocket scientist Jack Parsons.