David Fincher's Sci-Fi Film Rendezvous with Rama Starring Morgan Freeman
Yep, you read the title right; I hadn't heard of this movie either, but damn does it sound interesting. After Danny Boyle's Sunshine this summer, I'm painfully yearning for more and more great science fiction movies that are as incredible as Sunshine, and this sounds like it could be the next big one. Where did this news come from? MTV has an update today from Morgan Freeman, who says Rendezvous with Rama is still trying to get off the ground. The film is based off of a novel by Arthur C. Clarke, who also wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Here's the plot: A thirty-mile-long hollow cylindrical alien spaceship called Rama with mysterious origins is set adrift in our solar system by an unknown intelligence. What is it? Who built it? What is it doing in our corner of the galaxy? Morgan Freeman plays the Commander of the spaceship Endeavor, which is sent to rendezvous with this "thing from outer space to find out what it is [and] what its intentions are." So far it sounds a lot like Sphere, but in space and not under water; and given I absolutely loved Sphere, I'm already sold on this.
The report says that Freeman has been working to get this made since early in the millennium, and filmmaker David Fincher (of Se7en, Fight Club, and Zodiac fame) has been set to direct since the beginning. Freeman adds that it's still on track to happen, it's just taking a little longer than expected. What are the challenges that they've been encountering? Freeman confesses, "it's a very intellectual science fiction film, a very difficult book to translate cinematically." Freeman claims that apparently it's not about actions but about thoughts. "There are no guns, no explosions. Although it's fiction, it's all based on pure science."
In the end, despite all the challenges, Freeman says "it's worth doing." And I agree with him. Just hearing what he has said about this and the fact that the amazingly visionary director David Fincher would be attached is enough to get me giddy. Now only if everything can come together and it can be made before this acting strike hits! IMDb currently has it listed for 2009, but I'm sure it's still in very early pre-production and that could move forward (or backwards) at any time.