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