While hard at work on graphic novel adaptation Wanted with Angelina Jolie and The Dark Knight, Morgan Freeman spoke with MTV movie blogs about his adaptation of Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke. The story centers on an alien star ship that floats into our solar system and the human team of scientists working to figure out its origin. Freeman is planning to produce and star in the film and has promised that David Fincher will direct. There is no official confirmation on whether Fincher's involvement in the film is just wishful thinking on Freeman's part, but Freeman seems confident that Fincher is on board. Freeman first expressed interest in the project back in 2000, but in 2003 he had spoken with Sci-Fi Wire to speak about the problems he was having with studios, saying "These things, they always want to make it into an action film, You can't do it with this. And we've been having trouble getting someone to see the science aspect of this, the exploratory aspects of it, rather than the blood and guts and stuff".

Four years later, and it doesn't sound like getting the film into production has gotten any easier. Freeman now tells MTV, "It's a very intellectual science fiction film, a very difficult book to translate cinematically. [At least] we have found it very difficult to translate, to get ready for film". Rama was published back in 1972 and won both a Nebula and a Hugo award for science fiction writing. The book was later expanded upon into a series of novels, but Clarke was no longer writing them. Instead, he served as an executive editor for the remaining novels. Freeman still isn't finished with Wanted, and he has already signed to portray Nelson Mandela in a biopic about the legendary human rights leader. But in spite of the delays; persistence has paid off and Rendezvous with Rama is tentatively set for release in 2009.
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