Clare Sidoti Staff Writer
Disney’s remake of 1979 sci-fi film “The Black Hole” has apparently found itself a writer. The new dream team bringing the film to a host of new fans is none other than “Prometheus” co-writer, Jon Spaihts, and will be helmed by “Oblivion” director, Justin Springer, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
The original “The Black Hole” cost $20 million and was Disney’s most expensive movie they had ever made back in 1979. The film, set in the year 2130, concerned a research vessel the USS spacecraft Palomino that on its return journey home to Earth finds a missing ship on the edge of a black hole that is somehow defying the gravitational pull of the hole. Deciding to board the long-lost USS Cygnus, the crew discovers the ship’s inhabitants and then have to battle them as well as the black hole in order to escape and attempt a return to Earth. The film starred Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins and Ernest Borgnine and earned two Academy Award nominations: One for Best Visual Effects and one for Best Cinematography.
The remake was put into development in 2009 with Travis Beacham penning the script. It is unclear how much of the original 1979 storyline will feature in the remake or what, if anything, from Beacham’s draft will be incorporated into Spaights’. The Hollywood Reporter does say that the production is being described as “being big idea — philosophical and somewhat dark in tone”. Interesting turn of phrase and open to much interpretation.
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