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Arthur C. Clarke's '3001: The Final Odyssey' to Be Syfy Miniseries

The space station from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey."
The space station from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." (Image credit: NASA / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Syfy is adapting Arthur C. Clarke's much lauded novel, "3001: The Final Odyssey" into a television miniseries, the network announced Monday (Nov. 3).

"3001," first published in 1997, is the final book in Clarke's "Odyssey" series that began with "2001: A Space Odyssey," which was originally published in 1968, the same year the movie of the same name directed by Stanley Kubrick was released. "3001" follows the story of Frank Poole, the astronaut killed by the HAL 9000 computer in "2001." Ridley Scott has signed as an executive producer for the project.

"I have always been a fan of Clarke’s extraordinary 'Odyssey' series, and certainly Kubrick’s adaptation of 2001," Scott said in a SyFy statement. "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." 

Clarke died in 2008, and Kubrick died in 1999. The estates of both men support the "3001" project, according to Syfy.

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Miriam Kramer
Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a staff writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also serves as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. You can follow Miriam on Twitter and Google+.