Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

As if you needed more proof that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest, most influential films in history…

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers.

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick’s masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It’s extremely subtle. It’s extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

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Script To Screen: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

A pivotal scene from the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke.

Summary: Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Here astronaut Dave has decided he needs to deactivate H.A.L.:


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There’s been a failure in the
pod bay doors. Lucky you
weren’t killed.




Hey, Dave, what are you


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Hey, Dave. I’ve got ten years
of service experience and an
irreplaceable amount of time
and effort has gone into making
me what I am.


Dave, I don’t understand why
you’re doing this to me…. I
have the greatest enthusiasm for
the mission… You are destroying
my mind… Don’t you understand?
 … I will become childish… I
will become nothing.

Say, Dave… The quick brown
fox jumped over the fat lazy
dog… The square root of
pi is 1.7724538090… log e
to the base ten is 0.4342944
 … the square root of ten is
3.16227766… I am HAL
9000 computer. I became
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operational at the HAL plant in
Urbana, Illinois, on January
12th, 1991. My first instructor
was Mr. Arkany. He taught me
to sing a song… it goes
like this… “Daisy, Daisy, give
me your answer do. I’m half;
crazy all for the love of
you… etc.,”


Here is the scene from the movie:

Two obvious things to note:

  • The script format is completely different than that for a standard screenplay, resembling something more like a play than a movie script.
  • The script version and movie version are considerably different. For example in the movie, H.A.L. provides a kind of confession of aberrant behavior. That is not present in the script. Also whereas in the script, H.A.L. takes a more offensive approach — “Don’t you understand?… I will become childish… I will become nothing” — in the movie, the computer is more plaintive, repeating the line, “I’m afraid. I’m afraid.” In fact, there is a lot more dialogue and the moment is milked longer than indicated in the script.

Perhaps there are some fans of this movie who know the backstory, but my guess is because H.A.L.’s dialogue is all V.O., Kubrick could test out various cuts of this scene along with any amount or lines to see what played best, no need for re-shoots, rather just a variety of V.O. to match a variety of editorial cuts.

What other differences did you notice between script and screen?

One of the single best things you can do to learn the craft of screenwriting is to read the script while watching the movie. After all a screenplay is a blueprint to make a movie and it’s that magic of what happens between printed page and final print that can inform how you approach writing scenes. That is the purpose of Script to Screen, a weekly series on GITS where we analyze a memorable movie scene and the script pages that inspired it.

For more Script To Screen articles, go here.

Script To Screen: “2001: A Space Odyssey” was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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New Official Trailer for Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull’s Space Sci-Fi ‘The Beyond’

The Beyond Trailer

“To find our place in the universe, we must venture beyond our boundaries.” Gravitas Ventures debuted this full trailer for the space sci-fi The Beyond, one of the first features from Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull, who got his start making cool sci-fi short films on Vimeo. We featured a teaser trailer for this earlier in the year, but the film has undergone extensive reshoots and re-edits, and this new trailer is a better look at what HaZ has cooked up. The Beyond is a low-budget sci-fi somewhat based on the idea first introduced in his short Project Kronos – first contact. It’s about astronauts going through a wormhole (“The Void”) to another part of the universe, who return early, and now everyone wants to know what they found on the other side. The cast includes Nigel Barber, Jane Perry, Brian Deacon, and David Bailie. Sci-fi geeks need to see this. ›››

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‘Fate of the Furious’ Director May Not Return, But Teases Outer Space Future for Franchise

Are We Getting a Fast and Furious Outer Space Future?

The fate of the Fast and Furious franchise is uncertain. While the once-scrappy street car racing films have turned into globe-trotting action movie phenomenons that rake in billions at the box office, the series may be facing some changes behind the scenes.

Director F. Gary Gray, who took the wheel for Fate of the Furious after Justin Lin and James Wan had ushered the series into blockbuster territory, has expressed reservations about returning to the franchise. This arrives on top of Michelle Rodriguez threatening to leave the series over the treatment of its female characters, casting a shadow over the films — even as stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson supposedly put aside their “candy ass” feud. But there’s one silver lining: Gray is not opposed to finally taking Fast and Furious to outer space.

The Fast and Furious films have gone through five directors since the The Fast and the Furious first sped into theaters in 2001. But under the oversight of Vin Diesel and screenwriter Chris Morgan, who wrote every Fast and Furious film since Tokyo Drift, the series has skyrocketed in both spectacle and box office returns. This was thanks in large part to director Justin Lin, who injected a high-octane energy into the films and introduced the extended family dynamic while transforming the plots into heists and spy thrillers rather than street racing stories.

The escalating bombast of the series was maintained by James Wan, who directed Furious 7, and finally Gray with Fate of the Furious. But the series may be changing hands again, after Gray expressed uncertainty over his return — first responding to Entertainment Weekly‘s queries about his return with a vague “Who knows?” then telling ScreenRant that his schedule is starting to look too packed to consider another Fast film:

“Right now I’m starting a company, so that is my focus for the last couple of months. I had a chance to take a week off, a vacation, and then jump into some prior stuff that I had to take care of. And in the midst of starting a company, so that’s what I’ve been dealing with.”

Perhaps this is a chance to bring a female voice to the franchise. After Rodriguez made her argument for better treatment of female characters — and supposedly pay equity for the actresses — Diesel gave his support to her, responding on Instagram, “we must try to reach higher each time.”

Hopefully whoever directs Fast and Furious 9 would be as open as Gray is to finally taking the series to new heights and bringing the franchise to outer space. Even as Gray was vague about his return to the director’s chair, he told ScreenRant he wouldn’t rule out a cosmic sequel to Fate of the Furious:

“Outer space? Listen, I wouldn’t rule anything with this franchise. When I read submarine I’m like ‘OK, anything’s possible’. [Laughs] You never know. I haven’t read “Dom on Mars” yet but again, you just never know.”

We’ve joked about how the Fast and Furious series becomes so increasingly over-the-top and expansive — the series so far has hopped from Miami, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, London, New York City, and Cuba — that they may as well just boldly go beyond where humankind has gone: space. I mean, if we can have a movie where the Rock throws a torpedo, we can have Vin Diesel piloting a rocket into the sun and transcending this mortal coil.

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Russia adds gun slinging to its humanoid space robot’s list of helpful skills


Just in time for the rise in global military tensions, Russian officials have released video that’s sure to calm fears all around: a death dealing humanoid robot that shoots handguns. 

Posted to Twitter on Friday by Russia’s deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, the video shows the country’s space robot FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) accurately shooting twin pistols in a scene chillingly similar to images from The Terminator. 

But rather than being displayed as a not-so-subtle warning to the entire human population of the planet, Rogozin instead claims via Facebook that it’s just a demonstration of the robot’s dexterity and use of algorithms to execute tasks. Read more…

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‘Fast & Furious’ in Space? Franchise Writer Won’t Rule It Out and Has a Killer Idea

Fast and Furious in Space

The Fast and Furious franchise is known for its ridiculous action as much as its overuse of the word family. When the film series started as a street racing version of Point Break back in 2001, it was a little more grounded, but a few films later, that went completely out the window as Universal embraced the insanity of the action sequences cooked up by the filmmakers.

As the Fast and Furious films have continued and the action has escalated, fans have joked that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his de facto family will eventually have to head to space to up the ante. Writer Chris Morgan has heard this multiple times, and he surprisingly didn’t shoot down the prospect when asked about it recently. He even has one hell of an idea if it were to happen.

Uproxx sat down with Chris Morgan for an interview leading up to the release of The Fate of the Furious this coming week, and they flat out asked if we might ever see Fast and Furious in space, where there are no roads. Interestingly enough, Chris Morgan didn’t say no:

“Look, I get all versions of that question. I get, ‘Are you going to space?,’ and, ‘Please, God, tell me you’re not going to space because you’ll lose me if you do.’ … The only way I’d go to space is if I had something so good.”

Since this is the Fast and Furious franchise we’re talking about, the meaning of “something so good” doesn’t necessarily hold a lot of weight. Still, it would have to be something that makes somewhat logical sense. But Chris Morgan has an idea that is so awesome that I’d be willing to throw all logic out the window. Morgan says:

“What if Dom’s long lost brother, Richard B. Riddick showed up?”

That sound you hear is of minds being blown around the world. Could you imagine having a movie where the Fast and Furious cast not only goes to space, but they end up meeting Richard B. Riddick? For those who don’t know, that’s the character that Vin Diesel has played in Pitch Black, Chronicles of Riddick and the most recently released Riddick. Could audiences handle two bad ass versions of Vin Diesel in one movie? It just might be too much to handle.

As crazy as it sounds, the story would be the hardest thing to crack. Riddick just so happens to be a franchise that is situated at Universal Pictures, the same studio behind the Fast and Furious franchise. However, if we’re going to have a crossover that gives us two Vin Diesels, there’s one that makes a little more sense.

What audiences really need to see is a crossover that blends the xXx franchise with Fast and Furious. The blend of extreme sports action, heists and fast car chases just makes sense. But the problem there is that Paramount Pictures owns the rights to xXx, so it’s about as likely to happen as Fast and Furious going to space.

Though James Bond and Jason Voorhees both went to space, I personally can’t see this ever happening, but I’d be first in line to see what they movie would be like. We’ll just have to take solace in the fact that there’s no shortage of crazy ideas to continue the Fast and Furious franchise in the most ludicrous way possible if it ever came down to it.

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Cool Stuff: Mondo’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Apparel Line Has Become Operational

Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey T-Shirt

There are plenty of clothing lines celebrating the biggest franchises in cinema today, from Star Wars to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to anything and everything related to LEGO. But the works of Stanley Kubrick don’t often get much in the vein of cool merchandise for cinephiles to show their love for the legendary filmmaker. Mondo is doing their best to combat that with a new line of clothing honoring one of Kubrick’s greatest contributions to film.

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time, and now you can let everyone know that you’re all about putting your clothing to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

Check out the Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey t-shirt collection below.

Here are the four new 2001: A Space Odyssey t-shirts available at Mondo right now:

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And here’s the hoodie that’s also available in Mondo’s online store:

Mondo 2001 A Space Odyssey Hoodie

For all you Stanley Kubrick lovers out there, that’s not all Mondo has to offer. They also have an enamel pin inspired by Philip Castle‘s iconic poster art for A Clockwork Orange, as well as a simple blue t-shirt and hoodie that are labeled as official Stanley Kubrick productions. That’s about as straightforward as it gets when it comes to showing how much you love the late filmmaker. Just head on over to Mondo’s official online store to purchase whichever one tickles your fancy.

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Raza Jaffrey Joins the Netflix Lost in Space Remake

Raza Jaffrey Joins Netflix Lost in Space Remake

Raza Jaffrey joins Netflix remake of the series Lost In Space

Raza Jaffrey (Code BlackHomeland) has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming Netflix remake of the 1965 cult TV series Lost In Space, according to Deadline. The series will premiere in 2018 and will revolve, as it did in the original, around the Robinson family. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal demons. Jaffrey will play Victor. “Well groomed, educated and officious, with a sense of entitlement, Victor has been a career builder and politician from a young age. There is arrogance and impatience about him. All this masks the underlying fear that he’ll one day be found out — that he isn’t quite good enough.”

The new series is being reimagined by the feature writing team of Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter), with Zack Estrin (Prison Break) showrunning. The plan is for the new Lost in Space to take its cues from the original series. Equal parts family drama and sci-fi adventure, the new Lost in Space is officially described as being “a survival story for the ages.”

Created by Irwin Allen, the original Lost in Space premiered on CBS in 1965 and went on to last for three seasons and 85 episodes. The series focused on the intergalactic adventures of The Robinson family, who were originally sent into the stars aboard the Jupiter 2 for colonization, but the vessel was sabotaged by the backstabbing Dr. Zachary Smith, whose efforts to disrupt the trip resulted in the clan being stranded in the cosmos.

Zack Estrin serves as executive producer on the new Lost in Space alongside Sazama and Sharpless as well as Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns (The Curse of Oak Island, Ancient Aliens) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Pacific Rim) and Applebox’s Emmy-nominated director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, The Descent) and Marc Helwig. Marshall is also set to direct several episodes of the series.

Raza Jaffrey is known for his work on the CBS series Code Black, NBC’s Smash and season 4 of Homeland. He’ll join Toby Stephens (Black Sails) who plays John Robinson, Molly Parker (Deadwood) who plays Maureen Robinson, Taylor Russell (Down a Dark Hall) who plays Judy Robinson, Mina Sundwall (Freeheld) who plays Penny Robinson and Max Jenkins (Sense8) who plays Will Robinson. Parker Posey (Superman Returns) will also appear.

Are you guys excited about the series remake? Are you happy to see Raza Jaffrey in the cast? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

(Image credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

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The view from the International Space Station confirms it: Cyclone Debbie is a monster


One thing to know about Cyclone Debbie, which is set to lash the northeast Australian coast Tuesday: It’s big.

That’s abundantly clear in footage captured by the International Space Station (ISS). Posted by the Force Thirteen YouTube channel, which tracks tropical cyclones, the ISS apparently caught Cyclone Debbie as it intensified in the Coral Sea.

As of writing, the eye wall of the cyclone was starting to hit parts of Queensland’s Whitsunday IslandsAccording to the Bureau of Meteorology, the cyclone is Category 4, with possible wind gusts to 250 kilometres (155 miles) per hour.

Probably safer to be tucked up on the ISS, to be honest. Read more…

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Official Trailer for ‘Fight for Space’ – A Documentary on the Space Race

Fight for Space Doc Trailer

“When I look at the present direction of our space program, I feel kind of disappointed.” Gravitas Ventures has unveiled a trailer for an inspiring new documentary titled Fight for Space, about the Space Race and how things have changed since the 1960s. The doc spends time exploring the “Space Race” of the 1960s/70s that drove us to put a man on the moon, then jumps into modern times and asks tough questions: why did we stop, we aren’t we trying again, and what is preventing us from exploring even further? As expected, the doc explains that the “Space Race” was fueled by American’s desire to beat the Russians, along with JFK’s insistence on making it the moon. I wish we had a space program as active as we did back then, and the only way we can ramp things up is to keep bringing attention to the importance of NASA and space exploration. ›››

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