Disney's upcoming remake of its 1979 classic, The Black Hole now has a writer. Scribe, Jon Spaihts, author of the original draft of last year's Alien tie-in, Prometheus (before Damon Lindelof stepped in), also currently set to co-write next year's reboot of The Mummy, has been tapped to pen this robot-ridden space odyssey.
At the moment, the remake has Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director, Joseph Kosinski attached to occupy the helm with producer, Justin Springer, a collaborator on Legacy also on board. While the project has been in development since 2009, it does seem odd that it's getting made since Disney has bigger, more significant space-related projects (purchased for $4.05 billion) on the menu. However, it may be possible that The Black Hole remake is simply destined to whet appetites of moviegoers with a space epic before Disney's new baby, the Star Wars franchise returns to theaters in 2015 with Episode VII.
Indeed, The Black Hole's parallels with the Star Wars franchise are hardly coincidental. The original 1979 film was released in the wake of the 1977 post-Star Wars space-surge in films. Disney's answer to that trend was to throw-down $20 million (big money for a production at the time) for something that matched the genre. What they got was a fairly successful film grossing $35.8 million domestically, featuring a solid cast, while ubiquitously promoting the images of friendly helper robots, B.O.B. and V.I.N.C.E.N.T. and the sinister towering red robot named Maximilian.
The original film set in the year 2130 focused on a crew of space explorers in the USS Palomino who come across a ship thought to be long lost in the USS Cygnus which is seemingly teetering on the border of a black hole. Upon boarding the lost ship, the Palomino crew led by Captain Holland (Robert Forster) and Dr. Durant (Anthony Perkins) meet the Cygnus' lone human survivor, Dr. Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell). While at first Reinhardt seemed to be just a normal scientist-type guy living in space amongst a population of robots (minus the task of "watching cheesy movies"), things start to look fishy; especially when it comes to the mystery of what happened to the rest of the Cygnus crew, their connection to the ship's robotic denizens, and Reinhardt's true agenda towards the bordering black hole.
The Black Hole will do its best to "suck" in a good way when it hits theaters at a date not yet revealed.