Fifty years later, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” remains one of the most essential theater experiences a cinephile can have in his or her lifetime. Warner Bros. is gearing up to debut an unrestored 70mm print of the science-fiction landmark at Cannes next month, and the official trailer has premiered the jaw-dropping first footage. The unrestored print has the backing of none other than Christopher Nolan.
“For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative,” Nolan explains. “This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. This is the unrestored film – that recreates the cinematic event that audiences experienced fifty years ago.”
The trailer begins with the iconic image of HAL’s red eye and includes a montage of so many of Kubrick’s iconic shots that it might be overwhelming for “2001” fans to experience, which bodes well for the full unrestored theatrical release. The film will debut May 12 at Cannes. Nolan will introduce the screening, which will be attended by Kubrick’s daughter, Katharina, and his longtime producing partner and brother-in-law, Jan Harlan.
Watch the “2001” unrestored 70mm trailer below. The print will tour the U.S. following its Cannes debut.