Lost 2001: A Space Odyssey Footage Uncovered

Warner Bros have found 17 minutes of cut footage from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece.



Previously lost footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey has been discovered in a Kansas salt-mine.

Douglas Trumbull, special photographic effects supervisor on Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece, made the announcement at a recent screening of the film in Toronto. Forgotten Silver had the initial report, which reveals Trumbull describing the 17 minutes of footage as ‘perfectly preserved’ and it pristine conditions. He added that he is not sure what Warner Bros. plan to do with the discovery, as the cuts were made by Kubrick himself.

When 2001 first screened in 1968 it was 160 minutes long, with Kubrick reportedly making the cuts to help the pacing. IMDB list the missing scenes as:

Some shots from the ‘Dawn of Man’ sequence and a new scene was inserted where an ape pauses with the bone it is about to use as a tool. The new scene was a low-angle shot of the monolith, done in order to portray and clarify the connection between the man-ape using the tool and the monolith.

Some shots of Frank Poole jogging in the centrifuge.

An entire sequence of several shots in which Dave Bowman searches for the replacement antenna part in storage.

A scene where HAL severs radio communication between the ‘Discovery’ and Poole’s pod before killing him. This scene explains a line that stayed in the film in which Bowman addresses HAL on the subject.

Some shots of Poole’s space walk before he is killed.


Trumbull and David Larson were working on the documentary 2001: Beyond the Infinite - The Making of a Masterpiece, but Warner Bros have pulled it due to rights issues. Trumbull is releasing a behind-the-scenes book featuring images never seen before.