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.
Any new behind the scenes update on this I wonder. I remember when I first heard this news some years back, and I told myself I'd like to work on such a movie (not sure how though). Of the three Rama sequels, the last two if I remember correctly had a lot more typical human societal problems and action in them, while still having the adventure. The main characters were also developed a lot more compared to the first, as they had come all the way through from the second book. Morgan Freeman would be great though. I came across somebody's CG mini trailer type thing once which I could dig out or find a link for if anybody is interested. It might look dated now but I thought it was a good go.
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