A small homage to Kubrick's 2001.

Though it's labelled 'the fourth landspeeder' on a technical drawing, the small pod-like vehicle near the Mos Eisley cantina has a more interesting backstory to it.

From J.W. Rinzler's Star Wars: The Blueprints (Deluxe Edition, p49).

Outside the Cantina is a space module that is an homage to the space-pod EVA from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (perhaps Mos Eisley is where astronaut Dave Bowman wound up?). Back then it was harder to find reference photos, so Lucas’s craft is not identical to Kubrick’s […]

(In an early edition of blueprints published by Ballentine in 1977, this drawing was captioned “Ubrickian Landspeeder 9000 Z001,” which reads a lot like “Kubrick 2001.”)

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  1. Star Wars: The Blueprints, J.W. Rinzler. Epic Ink Books (2011).


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