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Dec 14 2012 12:30pm
What 2001: A Space Odyssey Would Look Like if You Made it Today

What 2001: A Space Odyssey Would Look Like if You Made it Today

From the clever folks at Film School Rejects comes this awesome re-cut of the trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which envisions how the movie would have been marketing if it was made today. The real genius of this is that it does serve to remind you why 2001 is so awesome, but also horrify you as how monolithic (pun intended) contemporary film marketing feels sometimes.

10 comments
Jeff Patterson
1. Jeff Patterson
If made today I think the ending would go like this
http://www.baddaystudio.com/2001remake.html
Mike Conley
2. NomadUK
Although that was fun to watch, all I know is I'm glad 2001 was made in 1968, and by Stanley Kubrick rather than J J Abrams.
Aimee Powalisz
3. longhairedspider
That's hilarious! It shows what a bit of editing and a rockin' soundtrack can do.
Rich Bennett
4. Neuralnet
wow, is it weird that this trailer reminds me of the Prometheus trailer?
alastair chadwin
5. a-j
That was brilliant.

Neuralnet@4
Have finally got round to seeing Prometheus. Oh dear, oh my, oh no!
Jeff Patterson
6. Immo
Needs more Inception Bah-wongs but other then that pretty funny concept, dear god I hope hollywood doesn't do a remake.
Jenny Thrash
7. Sihaya
Some movie exec is going to see this and say, "That was amazing! Somebody get legal on the phone and find out who's got the option on the book. Oh, and call Michael Bay after that."
Jeff Patterson
8. Mtnmedic
BIG "2001" fan here. I first watched it in the theaters and have seen it several times since. My all time favorite movie. I love this trailer. Yes, much like "Prometheus" (which I also like). Love the ending in this trailer as well.
Jeff Patterson
9. Gerry__Quinn
What's wrong with the trailer? It would pull audiences in droves.

The post is mistitled, though - it should be "how would 2001 be advertised if it were made today".

If the film were made today, I'm guessing:

- less boring space travel at the start
- more boring personal backstory at the start
- Bowman is a woman
- ending is clearer
Mike Conley
10. NomadUK
If the film were made today, I'm guessing:
- less boring space travel at the start
- more boring personal backstory at the start
- Bowman is a woman
- ending is clearer

In other words, they would completely fuck it up.

(The Bowman as a woman idea would be fine, except that it would, this being Hollywood in 2012, require the introduction of a completely extraneous sexual attraction subplot. If both Bowman and Poole were female, they would introduce an extraneous lesbian subplot to appeal to the male demographic. So that's out, too. But since it's simply a given that modern-day Hollywood can no longer make this film — and shouldn't be allowed to try — it's all irrelevant.)

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