Excerpts From Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘2001’ Diary

Via Jim Coudal, a link to The Kubrick Site’s excerpts from Clarke’s diary during the writing and production of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the greatest movie — if not the greatest work of art, period — ever made:

September 7. Stanley quite happy: “We’re in fantastic shape.” He has made up a 100 item questionnaire about our astronauts, e.g. do they sleep in their pajamas, what do they eat for breakfast, etc. […]

October 3. Stanley on phone, worried about ending… gave him my latest ideas, and one of them suddenly clicked — Bowman will regress to infancy, and we’ll see him at the end as a baby in orbit. Stanley called again later, still very enthusiastic. Hope this isn’t a false optimism: I feel cautiously encouraged myself.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008