Fans of British science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke were buoyed in December by the news that French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve had been tapped to direct the forthcoming adaptation of Clarke’s 1973 novel Rendezvous With Rama.
Considered by some to be among the front-runners for the Academy Award for Best Picture at next week’s Oscars ceremony, Villeneuve’s excellent track record with science fiction includes the underrated Arrival (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), and last year’s critically acclaimed box-office smash Dune. This makes him perhaps the most sought-after director when it comes to sci-fi movies, and securing his services for Rendezvous With Rama — which famously spent most of the 2000s and 2010s in development hell — was widely seen as a coup.
But it’s not just Villeneuve’s involvement that gets us excited.
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