2001: A Space Odyssey Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke [pdf]. The complete screenplay of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Typographically designed to read during watching the movie. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)

Letters of Note:

On March 31st of 1964, Stanley Kubrick initiated contact with author Arthur C. Clarke by way of the following letter, in which the filmmaker declared an interest in the two collaborating to produce, in his words, “the proverbial ‘really good’ science-fiction movie.” Clarke was immediately keen — so much so that just three weeks later, on April 22nd, the pair met at the Plaza Hotel in New York and, according to Clarke, “talked for eight solid hours about science fiction.” Four years later, the groundbreaking result of their partnership — 2001: A Space Odyssey — was released to the public.


March 31, 1964 
Mr. Arthur C. Clarke
[Address redacted]

Dear Mr Clarke:

It’s a very interesting coincidence that our mutual friend Caras mentioned you in a conversation we were having about a Questar telescope. I had been a great admirer of your books for quite a time and had always wanted to discuss with you the possibility of doing the proverbial “really good” science-fiction movie.

My main interest lies along these broad areas, naturally assuming great plot and character: The reasons for believing in the existence of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The impact (and perhaps even lack of impact in some quarters) such discovery would have on Earth in the near future. A space probe with a landing and exploration of the Moon and Mars. Roger tells me you are planning to come to New York this summer. Do you have an inflexible schedule? If not, would you consider coming sooner with a view to a meeting, the purpose of which would be to determine whether an idea might exist or arise which could sufficiently interest both of us enough to want to collaborate on a screenplay?

Incidentally, “Sky & Telescope” advertise a number of scopes. If one has the room for a medium size scope on a pedestal, say the size of a camera tripod, is there any particular model in a class by itself, as the Questar is for small portable scopes?

Best regards,
Stanley Kubrick

2001: The Making of a Myth, an exquisite 43-minute documentary produced in 2001 which wonderfully covers the movie’s themes and technique. Introduced and narrated by James Cameron, the piece includes new interviews with author/screenwriter Arthur C. Clarke, members of the crew and cast (not just the obvious like Keir Dullea, but even a space stewardess and two apes), and critics. They all shed lots of light, from interpretations to production tales.

A rare video interview with Stanley Kubrick at the 1968 opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey in New York City. Here Kubrick talks about the possibility of life in other planets. Features behind the scenes footage of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ as well as a very insightful interview by Kubrick at the premiere of the film. An interview with proposed star of the unmade ‘Aryan papers’, Johanna ter Steege, who talks about how Schindler’s list effectively caused Kubrick to cancel his own Holocaust epic and Malcolm McDowell talks about working on ‘A Clockwork Orange’ whilst in Venice in 1997. Interviews: Stanley Kubrick, Peter Delpeut, George Sluizer, Harry Kumel, Johanna ter Steege and Malcolm McDowell.

  • 14 Interesting Facts You Don’t Know About 2001: A Space Odyssey
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  • The great (now late) Arthur C. Clarke had a longstanding relationship with Playboy magazine: they published the first excerpts of 2010: Odyssey Two, as well as a plethora of his short works, musings, and technical papers. It wasn’t until 1986 that the magazine ran a full-length “Playboy Interview” with Clarke

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