HOLLYWOOD – Star Wars genius George Lucas is in the final stages of preparing a newly remastered version of the Stanley Kubrick Science Fiction masterpiece 2001: a Space Odyssey.
The new version – 2001: a Space Odyssey: Special Edition – has been completely remastered and new CGI effects have replaced all the practical effects of the originals. Lucas enthused EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec today:
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Kubrick original but there were always a few things which took away from my enjoyment and I imagine also distracted other people. For instance the monkeys never looked realistic to me. So I got Andy Serkis in to do some motion capture and now all the monkeys are fantastic. Being CGI they can do much more acrobatic things as well and fly.
Other changes include:
- Re-editing to show the monolith shot first.
- A brand new score by John Williams.
- A voice over by Sir Anthony Hopkins from a script by Damon Lindelof, explaining all the difficult bits.
- CGI spaces ships and space station.
- CGI aliens at the conference on the moon, including a Jabba the Hutt cameo.
- An alternative ending replaces the Stargate sequence and which has Dave Bowman attacking the Monolith Star and using the Force to murder everyone.