Morgan Freeman, David Fincher Still Planning A ‘Rendezvous With Rama’

Morgan Freeman has wanted to bring an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic 1972 sci-fi novel “Rendezvous With Rama” to the big screen for the better part of a decade-and-a-half. But despite having David Fincher attached to direct back in 2007, the project — which tells of a group of human explorers trying to unlock the mysteries of an alien vessel that enters the Earth’s atmosphere — has never taken off.

When MTV News chatted with Freeman at the junket for the action-comedy “Red,” we asked the acting legend whether the spaceship has sailed on this particular “Rendezvous.” He responded by uttering the word “no” about 37 times in a row. Care to elaborate, Mr. Freeman?

“We’re still pushing for ’Rendezvous With Rama,'” he said. “That’s a got-to-be-done movie. Just have to figure out how to do it. I’ve been trying for — I don’t know — 15 years now to get a script. You would think it was easier than it is. It’s not; it’s really hard.”

Freeman’s not the only one still looking to adapt the book into a feature film. “Fincher is still part of the conversation,” he assured us. “It’s a hard nut to crack, but once it’s cracked it could become something.”

Freeman envisions that “something” as an “Avatar”-esque 3-D epic. “Now that we’ve got James Cameron who’s done ’Avatar,’ we know exactly what genre it has to be,” he said. “It has to be done in 3-D. Absolutely has to be done in 3-D.”

Are you hoping “Rendezvous With Rama” has a 3-D rendezvous with the silver screen sometime soon? Tell us in the comments!