I had the understanding that Lee did most of the writing and Clarke’s contribution was basically to check off “okay” at the top with a mango-stained hand.
Sorry. I hated the sequels. Got about two-thirds through the third one and said, why am I bothering? and stopped.
As noted by Xerxes, the movie is in pre-production, and may or may not ever be made.* Morgan Freeman has pretty good taste, though (Dreamcatcher was a rare stumble), and as I recall he’s the one who actually bought the rights and is producing the film, so it’ll be fairly different from your typical Bruckheimer extravaganza.
*Some statistics off the top of my head: 50-70,000 spec scripts arrive in Hollywood each year. Of these, 2000 are optioned, and maybe 200 are bought outright. Another 50,000 treatments (short summaries) are commissioned, mostly for adapting existing material (novels, articles, games) or for fleshing out a pitch. Of these, 5-10,000 are turned into full-length scripts. Of these full-length scripts, half go into the rewrite grinder, in which anywhere from two to a hundred different writers take cracks at each one, generating on average half a dozen more full-length scripts. Out of the total 100-150,000 full-length scripts and derivative rewrites generated each year, maybe 1000-1500 actually get turned into movies, the majority of which go straight to video or television (or disappear), leaving maybe 300-400 to be released in cinemas. Note that this doesn’t count movies that arrive fully-formed on Hollywood’s doorstep from independent or foreign sources. The point is, just because David Fincher and Morgan Freeman say they’re making it is no guarantee that it’ll ever actually be made. Steven Spielberg said for years that Memoirs of a Geisha would be “the movie he makes after the next one,” and basically it’s never going to happen. They’ve finally given up on that one and are trying to recruit a new director. So with respect to Rendezvous with Rama, don’t get your hopes up.