Originally Posted by Metryq
It's been a long time since I read the 2001 sequels, so the virus attack on the monolith may well have been 3001. (I said "2063" previously, but the book is "2061.") Whichever book it was, I can't believe a technically oriented writer like Clarke would use such a gimmick—coincidentally at the same time a silly Hollywood movie did.
It's true, I don't really like any of the sequels as I don't think they have very much to say, I think they were just vehicles for Clarke to let his imagination run on things like Jovian life, comet-mining (or whatever was going on in 2061) and space elevators and other things like that. But then most of his writing seems to be more about putting a scientific idea across than actually telling a story. I do think turning the monoliths just into big computers was a bit rubbish in 3001 too.
But anyway, all I was saying was that, in my ideal world, I would like to see a film made of the book. If you can imagine that there never was a film, and that it was simply the book written in the 60s, then it's prefectly feasible that someone would pick up the rights and make a film of it now, and that that film would be very different to the one that was made. And as writing of the book was integral with the making of the original film then making something that was stylistically closer to the book would in no way be "disprespectful" to anyone or anything. Kubrick made his film the way he did for a reason and that's fine by me, but there's room for a different stylistic take on the story, as the book proves, and I would like to see it.