Director Christopher Nolan is well aware that Interstellar, which opens this week, is reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Whenever you’re talking about getting off the planet, 2001 is somewhat unavoidable,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “But there is only one 2001. So you don’t want to get too near to that.”
However different the two movies may be, and however worthy of comparison critics deem Nolan’s vision to Kubrick’s, comparison is unavoidable. And CutPrintFilm has captured the films’ similarities in a trailer mashup called “2001: An Interstellar Space Odyssey.” The mashup uses audio from the Interstellar trailer and visuals selected from 2001 to accompany Matthew McConaughey’s southern drawl and Michael Caine’s famously nasal intonation.
While HAL 9000 may be conspicuously absent from theaters this weekend, that won’t keep science fiction fans away. Box office predictions expect Interstellar to fall somewhere in the $50 million range on its opening weekend.