Disney’s ‘Black Hole’ Remake Lands Screenwriter Jon Spaihts

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Jon Spaihts

Even before ‘Tron Legacy’ came out, director Joe Kosinski had been talking about ramping up a remake of Disney’s 1970 science fiction film, ‘Black Hole‘. The film starred Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgine, Robert Foster, and Maximilian Schell, and was directed Gary Nelson. But ever since the initial rumblings of the film entering pre-production, news on the film have gone cold, and many began to wonder if the film had fallen by the wayside, especially with all the changes that have happened in the studio over the last year. With Kosinski’s newest film, ‘Oblivion’, starring Tom Cruise set to open this month, the director is on the road doing press for the film, where we’ve started to learn more about ‘Tron 3’, but nothing really on ‘Black Hole’. It now looks like the film now has a new breath of life though, as Disney has hired writer Jon Spaihts, who wrote the original draft of last year’s ‘Prometheus’, to come on and do a new re-write of the film for Kosinski.

It’s good to see the film is still in development, because this is one film I’d really been looking forward to. The original film is fun, but has become dated over time, and after Kosinski brought ‘Tron’ back in such a great way, it makes me very excited to see what he was going to do with ‘Black Hole’. It seems he’s just naturally attracted to sci-fi, and bringing it to life on screen, so it’s good to see he hasn’t forgotten about the project. Spaihts is a very interesting choice for writing duties on the film, and after reading his original draft for ‘Prometheus’, it makes me very curious to see what he’ll bring to this film. The more I hear about this film, the more excited I get, and I love the amount of science fiction films that are in the works right now at Walt Disney Studios. We’ve got Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ in the works, with George Clooney and Hugh Laurie set to star, as well as Kosinski’s newest entry in the ‘Tron’ franchise, as well as David Fincher’s remake of ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’. Oh, and of course, a little revival of a small movie series known as ‘Star Wars’, with a new movie, ‘Star Wars Episode VII’, being directed by J.J. Abrams, which will see Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill return to the galaxy, far, far away. Alan Horn, the new studio head, really seems to be upping his game, and turning the studio around in a big way. We have a lot to look forward to over the next few years.

Are you excited for the remake of ‘Black Hole’? Or would you rather leave the original film alone? Let me know in the comments below, only here at Chip and Company, and check out the trailer for the original film below!

Disney's 'Black Hole' Remake Lands Screenwriter Jon Spaihts

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