2001: The Book, The Movie, And Kubrick’s Unused Aliens.

The Unused Concepts for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

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So I just finished re-reading Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of my absolute favorite books.  And before I inevitably sit down to re-watch Stanley Kurbick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (my absolute favorite movie) I thought I’d share some thoughts on the masterpiece.  Now, when I say “masterpiece” there may be some of you who wonder “whose masterpiece?”   Both film and book are often designated their respective creator’s “masterpiece” so which came first?  Was the movie an adaptation of the book?  Or was the book an adaptation of the movie?  The answer is neither.

2001 was the creative collaboration of two artists, each a master of their craft.  Sometime in the mid 1960s, Kubrick approached Clarke with the intent of making, what he joked, “the proverbial good science fiction movie”.  Clarke suggested adapting a few of his short stories, most notably “The Sentinel.”  Together, over the course…

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Unproduced Ernest Films (1985 – 1994)

In the annals of 80's/90's family audience entertainers, one of the most common facets, especially in the regional southern markets, was Ernest P. Worrell, the know-nothing know-it-all created by Nashville advertising executive and director John R. Cherry III and brought to life by the spastic, rubber faced Shakespearean trained Lexington character actor, Jim Varney. Sort … Continue reading Unproduced Ernest Films (1985 – 1994)

Stanley Kubrick’s “Napoleon” (1967- 1973; unproduced)

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“Noble Rot” (1982; Unproduced)

By Late 1981, 32 year old John Adam Belushi was already an acclaimed renaissance man. He had already conquered three whole facets of entertainment. He had formerly been a featured player on the number one rated television show, NBC's sketch comedy series, "Saturday Night Live", had been the breakout character "Bluto" Blutarski in the number … Continue reading “Noble Rot” (1982; Unproduced)

“Shrek!” Chris Farley Version (1997; Partially Recorded)

In 1990, magazine cartoonist, William Steig published an original "fractured fairy tale" children's book, "Shrek!". The story told the tale of a vile, ugly teenaged ogre who is (literally) kicked out of his Parents' den and told to make a living for himself, scaring people. Shrek sets out to go off on an adventure, joined … Continue reading “Shrek!” Chris Farley Version (1997; Partially Recorded)

“Swirlee” (1990; Partially Filmed)

Film Threat’s Chris Gore has likened it to “The Elephant Man” meets “Mean Streets”. A bizarre, original idea by a relatively unknown young actor from the New York theater scene, James Lorinz yearned to bring the story of a mutated misfit’s struggle to get back on top, only to be halted by the shortsighted studio … Continue reading “Swirlee” (1990; Partially Filmed)

“The Works” (1978-1984; Partially Complete)

Long before Buzz Lightyear and Woody the Cowboy flew onto the movie screen in three dimensions “To Infinity and Beyond” in Disney/Pixar’s 1995 megahit “Toy Story”, and Canadian company Mainframe’s groundbreaking animated 1994 sci/fi adventure television series “Reboot” was giving computer generated images a regular fixture on weekdays, there was the eccentric multimillionaire founder of … Continue reading “The Works” (1978-1984; Partially Complete)

“Atuk” (1971-1997; Unproduced)

Over the years, many motion pictures during production have been plagued with difficulties. Some, so much so that they’ve been rumored to have been cursed. This is especially true of films that deal with dark supernatural forces, “The Exorcist”, “The Omen”, and the “Poltergeist” Trilogy, just to name a few. So it may come as … Continue reading “Atuk” (1971-1997; Unproduced)