I think it would need to rely on visual scope. It would be visually one of the most beautiful things ever made IMO. I agree though they would undoubtedly change the story - killer octospiders anyone...I read the book again recently, and I think the problem with Rama: The Movie is that it's a good book, but not a very good movie. Not enough explosions, life-or-death struggles or time travel for a modern mass audience... by the time J.J. Abrams was done with it, there'd be big shootouts with the Ramans, a heck of a lot more lens flare, and the plot would have the humans trying to save the Earth before Rama crashed into it.
I know I'm a bit late to the party, but I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents . I think Rama does have potential as a movie if it were to be done in a similar manner as the Odyssey movies. Slow-paced, lots of suspense, perhaps with one or two important questions regarding our (humanity's) perspectives on actual space travel in an Arc.I think it would need to rely on visual scope. It would be visually one of the most beautiful things ever made IMO. I agree though they would undoubtedly change the story - killer octospiders anyone...
Morgan Freeman though has stated a desire to make this more than once and a desire to be true to the source material.
This is one of my "if I could see a book in movie form" choices.
I would prefer a decent Rama TV series.
On second thought that feels like a better idea. One can potentially do more in a short or medium length series than in a movie, which unfortunately is often restrictive in terms of run time.A well done 8 - 12 episode series would be perfect for Rama.