Stanley Kubrick’s mind bending 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey is the kind of movie where you can examine practically every single frame and endlessly debate each element. People have been doing it since day one. It already clocks in at well over two hours (damn near three), but if the notoriously meticulous filmmaker had followed his original plan, it could very well have been even longer. With a rerelease currently showing in the U.K., some details about the initial prologue have surfaced and are making the rounds.
The Guardian published an article that explores the intro that fans never got the chance to see included in the movie as part of the British Film Institutes “Days of Fear and Wonder.” Unfortunately this is footage doesn’t exist anymore, lost to the ravages of time, but it apparently featured a bunch of scientists sitting around and talking about “aliens, evolution, and space travel,” among other topics.