the Kubrick film project _AI_ and _Mission to Mars_

From: john grigg (
Date: Mon Mar 20 2000 - 15:57:49 MST

John Clark wrote:
I think Kubrick was the best director who ever lived, I wish he'd made it. I
know he worked on AI for well over 15 years but somehow it never got
finished, all sorts of rumors why.

I was shocked to hear he had died and very sad that he never got to film
_AI_ which will not be the same in Spielburg's hands, though he may do an
excellent job, we will see.

I recently saw, _Mission to Mars_ which was good but not great. I could not
help but compare the ending of it with the final scenes of _2001_ which was
infinitely better. I noticed how in some ways they attempted to copy
Kubrick's masterpiece but were hopelessly inadequate in doing so. The way
Kubrick shifted the pov and used lighting and set design was sheer genius in
showing Bowman's lifecycle.


I was touched when the Martian in _Mission to Mars_ showed a holographic
image of a young Mars being hit by a comet and the planet being plunged into
chaos. As time passed the Martians sent out ships to find new homes in the
galaxy. But somehow the story, writing, alien fx and characterization and
film direction were just not up to the task of achieving the level of
emotional power needed to do the film right. The cast was top-notch (except
for the Sliders' guy! lol) and so that was not the problem. I thought Brian
DePalma would have been up to the task, oh well.


John Grigg
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