While here in Toronto introducing rare 70mm screenings of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, documentarian Douglas Trumbull dropped a bombshell.
While preparing a now-aborted documentary on the making of the film Trumbull and his partner David Larson learned that seventeen minutes of footage cut from the film by Kubrick shortly after its release has been re-discovered by Warner Brothers. The footage is apparently in mint condition and was stored - bizarrely - in a Kansas salt mine vault.
While there's no firm word on what will happen to the footage now that it is back in WB hands it seems like a safe bet that we'll be seeing an expanded version of Kubrick's masterpiece somewhere in the not too distant future.
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