‘2001’ Is Coming Back to Theaters to Blow Your Mind All Over Again

A new 70mm print is being overseen by Christopher Nolan

March 30, 2018 9:00 am

Space never looked this good.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s mind-bending sci-fi masterpiece, Christopher Nolan is restoring and re-releasing a new 70mm print of the film.

The new cut will debut next month at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (“My God, it’s full of stars!”), where the Inception director will intro the film and participate in a Cannes masterclass on Kubrick’s oeuvre (and his own). And then starting on May 18th, the 70mm print will be released in theaters across the U.S.

Says Nolan: “One of my earliest memories of cinema is seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, in 70mm, at the Leicester Square Theatre in London with my father. The opportunity to be involved in recreating that experience for a new generation, and of introducing our new unrestored 70mm print of Kubrick’s masterpiece in all its analogue glory at the Festival de Cannes is an honour and a privilege.”

As the festival press release notes, this 2001 print  is a “photochemical film recreation” made from the original camera negative, and will not include additional footage or remastered effects.

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