2001 A Space Odyssey to receive a 50th Anniversary screening at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival with a restored 70mm film print. Christopher Nolan and Kubrick family to be in attendance. A limited theatrical release of 70mm print of 2001 A Space Odyssey to be released following the festival screening with a fall home video release.
2001 A Space Odyssey is reborn cinematically. Warner Brothers announced a few weeks back that the landmark science fiction film from Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke would receive a 50th anniversary screening at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, May 12th. Hosted by Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, Inception, Interstellar) and attended by members of Stanley Kubrick’s family, including his daughter, Katharina Kubrick, and longstanding producing partner and brother-in-law, Jan Harlan. The festival will screen a recently reconstructed ‘unrestored’ 70mm film print from original film elements. They report that the film has not been digitally doctored nor has there been any additional footage incorporated into 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Following the screening at Cannes, Warner Brothers will release the 70mm prints of 2001 A Space Odyssey to select theaters throughout the United States beginning May 18. For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. “This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits,” claims the studio press release. This is the unrestored film that recreates the cinematic event audiences experienced 50 years ago.
A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros Pictures throughout the mastering process.
Christiane Kubrick said, “I’m delighted that 2001: A Space Odyssey will be reissued in 70mm, and that Cannes has been chosen to honour it. If Stanley were alive today, we know he would be in admiration of the films of Christopher Nolan. And so, on behalf of Stanley’s family, I would personally like to thank Christopher for supporting his film.”
For this milestone anniversary, Warner Bros. will continue the celebration later this year when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time in 4K resolution with HDR. Also produced in close collaboration with Nolan, the home entertainment release will be available in the fall of 2018.
With 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Stanley Kubrick redefined the limits of filmmaking and cemented his legacy as one of the most revolutionary and influential film directors of all time. Originally released in 70mm Cinerama roadshow format on April 4, 1968, the film ignited the imagination of critics and audiences alike and its impact continues to resonate to this day.
Birth, Movies, Death reported on Friday that there will be a DCP of 2001 A Space Odyssey for those theaters that are not equipped with a film projection system.
Warner Bros. Pictures quietly released a new trailer celebrating the cinematic milestone and its theatrical rerelease.