Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' is one of the greatest films ever made, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who'd argue that it needs to be any longer. A few days ago, 17 minutes of lost footage from the classic science fiction epic was discovered in Kansas, leading to much speculation among movie fans. What would become of this footage? Would it be restored, rereleased and given the 'Metropolis' treatment?
Then came a press release (via Hollywood Elsewhere) from Warner Bros. that managed to take the wind out of the sails of this apparent discovery:
"The additional footage from '2001: A Space Odyssey' has always existed in the Warner vaults. When Kubrick trimmed the 17 minutes from 2001 after the NY premiere, he made it clear the shortened version was his final edit. The film is as he wanted it to be presented and preserved and Warner Home Video has no plans to expand or revise Mr. Kubrick's vision."