In advance of its re-release in UK theaters November 28th, the British Film Institute and Warner Brothers have commissioned a new trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The film has been digitally restored and will be back on the big screen as part of the BFI’s “Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder” season. The new trailer was put together by Ignition Creative London, and it’s the first trailer for the film in forty years. Using the voice of HAL9000 as the connective tissue throughout the visuals, it presents the film in all of its eerie magnificence. The movie was based on Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel”, with a screenplay by Clarke and Kubrick.
Kubrick’s executive producer, Jan Harlan, described the clip as “the best trailer for this film I have ever seen! To use Hal’s voice is brilliant.”
2001: A Space Odyssey was the last science fiction film made just prior to the US moon landing in 1969, and some conspiracy theorists maintain that Kubrick directed some of the “fake” moon footage using the same techniques he used in 2001. NASA has named two craft after the film: the command module of the Apollo 13 mission and the Mars orbiter. The film is considered one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, and inspired the likes of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and a host of others.
Stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood will participate in a panel discussion at the BFI Southbank in London on Nov. 28. Other films in the sci-fi season, which kicks off Tuesday, include titles such as Barbarella, Brazil, A Clockwork Orange and 1984, while a series of complementary events will run alongside.