Disney have been planning a remake of their classic sci-fi adventure, The Black Hole, for some time now. The remake was put into development in 2009, with Pacific Rim and Clash of the Titans screenwriter Travis Beacham set to pen the script. At the time Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski was deciding whether to direct The Black Hole or Oblivion as his next film.
Clearly Kosinski opted for Oblivion, but now that the Tom Cruise starring film is complete, the director is set to return to getting The Black Hole remake made. After years of waiting for any developments, Heat Vision has revealed that a new screenwriter has been hired to rewrite the script, and that man is Jon Spaihts.
While he only has Prometheus and The Darkest Hour to his name, many will tell you that Prometheus would have been much better had Spaihts’ script be left alone, and the film would have been much more violent and darker. The same kind of sounds like it could be happening for The Black Hole, with Heat Vision reporting the remake described as being big idea — philosophical and somewhat dark in tone.
Spaihts is repped by Paradigm, Circle of Confusion and Stone Meyer. Justin Springer, who produced Kosinski’s feature debut Tron: Legacy, is producing Black Hole.
Black Hole was the most expensive movie Disney ever made when it was released in 1979 with a cast that included Maximilian Schell,Anthony Perkins, andErnest Borgnine.
Here is the synopsis for the original film:
For five years the crew of the PALOMINO has ranged through deep space, searching for evidence of alien life–with no result. Then, their mission almost at an end, they discover a giant collapsar–the largest black hole ever encountered–and, drifting perilously near it, is the long-lost legendary starship CYGNUS…Incredibly, the ship is not a lifeless hulk. Its commander–the genius who designed the CYGNUS and planned its epic voyage–still survives, served by a horde of mechanical slaves. But Commander Hans Reinhardt has no desire to be rescued. He has a rendezvous with the incredibly hellish forces of the collapsar–and he plans to take the PALOMINO’S crew along on his doomed adventure.