Tron Legacy's Joe Kosinski Remaking Disney's The Black Hole
by Alex Billington
November 30, 2009
No one has seen any footage from Tron Legacy yet (it won't be done for another year anyway), but it seems the execs at Disney are quite happy with what they've seen so far. THR's Heat Vision blog announces that director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey, who are currently finishing Tron Legacy together, will next remake Disney's 1979 sci-fi film The Black Hole. This new version will be a "reinvention" (or a reboot or whatever you want to call it) and is being written by Travis Beacham, who worked on the Clash of the Titans script. This is one of the first projects put into development at Disney by new exec Rich Ross.
The original Black Hole, directed by Gary Nelson in 1979 for a budget of only $26 million, followed a group of space explorers aboard the USS Palomino who come across a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering outside a black hole. Inside the Cygnus, the explorers meet a scientist, commanding an army of faceless robots, who explains his crew deserted him as he planned to go through the black hole. The explorers soon discover that the robots are the remnants of the former crew and that the scientist has no intention of letting them leave. The details of the update are being kept secret, though the take does involve grounding the story in the science of a black hole, much more so than in the original. And there will be menacing robots once again.
They don't say know yet whether this will be Kosinski's very next project following Tron Legacy or not, as he's also got another personal sci-fi project called Oblivion lined up as well. And once the rest of Hollywood gets a taste of Kosinski's style and the buzz for Tron Legacy, they'll be trying to get him attached to tons of projects coming up as well. I haven't seen the original Black Hole, but I'm definitely planning to check it out. From what I know of Kosinski and what I've seen of the new Tron Legacy, this guy has some amazing style. Being a huge sci-fi fan as well, I'm down for seeing him take on almost anything next, as long as it's sci-fi.