Would Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY be a hit today?

How exactly would the contemporary Hollywood spin machine deal with Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s epic masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY? Four decades later, it’s still pretty hard to say what exactly the film is about. Both breathtakingly beautiful and confoundingly abstruse, 2001 is mind-blowing, genre-defying filmmaking. But that doesn’t mean it’d be an easy sell.

To prove the point, Film School Rejects commissioned video artist ChugsTheMonkey to recut the movie’s trailer as a fast-paced action adventure that looks like a sure-fire hit:

In case you haven’t seen 2001 in a while (you have seen the film, yes? It is an essential element in any cinephile’s repertoire, whether you care for scifi or not), here’s the original trailer:

This is hardly the first time a classic movie has been trailer-parodied; among the best out there are the reinterpretations of THE SHINING as a heartwarming family film and MARY POPPINS as a truly terrifying horror film.

Oh, and by the way — do you know how to pronounce Kubrick’s name? Are you sure? Check out the Top 10 Things to Know About Stanley Kubrick to find out…

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Screen grab from 2011: A SPACE ODYSSEY (2012 Trailer Recut)