Two Stops Down

A journal on photography by Thomas Riggs

Things you might not know about Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

The bone-wielding ape who represents the evolution of the species is called Moonwatcher in all versions of the screenplay.

The moon Monolith is indeed called TMA-1 (Tycho Magnetic Anomaly, after the Tycho crater) in the original screenplay, as it appears in Clarke's book. The Earth and Jupiter monoliths are named TMA-0 and TMA-2 respectively, despite not being in Tycho. [Wiki]

There was voice-over narration planned throughout most of the second and third acts of the film.

The cost of Floyd's flight to the moon is $10,000, first class.

The script describes Floyd as "reading from [an] electronic newspad", described in Kubrick's scrawled screenplay notes as having "facsimile selections of NY Times, Time magazine, Playboy, scientific periodicals; an electronic library".

Ominously, the mission to Jupiter was officially dubbed MAXAR, as in Maximum Acceptable Risk.

Depending on which version of the script you read, the HAL-9000 was originally programmed by either Mr. Fried or Mr. Arkany.

See also: The Other HAL

This article was published on 3 June 2011.