Still nothing new, heard though Freeman has some money problems. Found this about Childhood's End, a bit old... 'CHILDHOOD'S END' FILM RIGHTS OPTIONED February 2, 2002 The following is from the Hollywood Reporter: "Clarke's 'End' is Peirce's next odyssey at Universal" Kimberly Peirce, who co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature "Boys Don't Cry," is in final negotiations to direct a big-screen adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction novel "Childhood's End" for Universal Pictures/Beacon Pictures. A screenwriter is expected to come aboard shortly to adapt the project. Published in 1987 [actually in 1953 - jcs], Clarke's novel features giant spaceships that suddenly appear over every major city on Earth. The arrival of the mysterious aliens, known as the Overlords, ushers in a half-decade of unprecedented peace and prosperity during which poverty, disease and prejudice are nearly eliminated. Not all is what it seems, though, as this "golden era" is the precursor to a new evolution for mankind, bringing about the end of the human race as we know it. Beacon's Armyan Bernstein and Rudy Langlais are producing the project, whose book rights are owned by the studio. (Zorianna Kit) John Sherwood adds: This is at least the third time an attempt has been made to bring this novel to the big screen. During the 1960s and 1970s, two experienced film scriptwriters -- Abraham Polonsky and Howard Koch -- each produced a screenplay for a production that never came to fruition. It remains to be seen how far this effort will go, especially in view of the long-standing difficulty Morgan Freeman has had in attempting to film "Rendezvous with Rama."