In the spring of 1964 the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick was very worried. NASA was about to fly the Mariner 4 space probe past Mars.
At the time he was deep in development of a blockbuster film about the discovery of alien intelligence. Word was that MGM had bet their studio on the film. What if Mariner discovered life on Mars and scooped them?
Kubrick looked into whether he could buy insurance against that event. He could, but the price was astronomical. Kubrick decided to take his chances, according to a new book about the making of the movie, “Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece,” by Michael Benson. (Simon & Schuster 2018)
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Keir Dullea, left, and Stanley Kubrick on the set of “2001.” Mr. Kubrick co-wrote the film with Arthur C. Clarke, largely improvising as they went along, a new book notes.CreditMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Ronald Grant Archive, via Alamy