Warner Bros. Has No Plans to Release "Lost" 2001: A Space Odyssey Footage
12.29.10 by BJSprecher
If you were one of the multitude of sci-fi fans who began drooling at the thought of seeing an extended cut of director Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey following the news that 17 minutes worth of Kubrick's cut footage had been found by Warner Bros. in a salt mine vault in Kansas, prepare to be disappointed. According to a recent WB press release, the footage was never "lost" to be "found," and the studio has no intention of releasing it as part of an extended cut.
The additional footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey has always existed in the Warner vaults. When Kubrick trimmed the 17 minutes from 2001 after the NY premiere, he made it clear the shortened version was his final edit. The film is as he wanted it to be presented and preserved and Warner Home Video has no plans to expand or revise Mr. Kubrick’s vision.
For information about the footage that is believed to have been removed from Kubrick's final cut of 2001: A Space Odyssey, check out Kubrick historian Thomas E. Brown's article "2001's Pre- and Post-Premiere Edits."