Tron Legacy Director Joe Kosinski Talks Black Hole Remake
With the highly anticipated Tron Legacy not slated to hit theaters until this December, freshmen director Joseph Kosinski still has 11 months of hard work ahead of him before the film's release. But that didn't stop him from looking ahead to his remake of the 1979 sci-fi flick The Black Hole. Kosinksi sat down with MTV and not only revealed that Clash of the Titans writer Travis Beacham will start working on the script soon, but he also talked about the film conceptually and just how much of the original we can expect to see. One thing he made perfectly clear is that this is a straight up re-imagining of the story. Read on for more!
Kosinski says right off the bat that this isn't a return to the world created in the 1979 film. He explains:
"This one will be a reimagining. For me, it would be taking ideas and iconic elements that struck me as timeless and cool and preserving them while weaving a new story around them that's a little more '2001: [A Space Odyssey].'"
In the original story, the crew of the spaceship Palamino stumbles across the "lost" ship the U.S.S. Cygnus, hovering on the edge of an immense black hole. Once aboard, they find that the ship is manned by robots (including a large killer robot named Maximilian - seen in the photo above) with it's only human being Dr. Hans Reinhardt - an eminent scientist, missing for the past twenty years. His plan: to enter the Black Hole. Whether Dr. Reinhardt is a genius or a mad-man, one thing is for sure, he will not be denied his life's dream.
Kosinski's remake will craft a new story around a much bigger budget and with 30 years of new scientific knowledge on black holes. The director elaborates:
"From a conceptual point of view, we know so much more about black holes now, the crazy things that go on as you approach them due to the intense gravitational pull and the effects on time and space. All that could provide us with some really cool film if we embrace it in a hard science way."
Among the elements of the original film that Kosinski will translate to the remake include Maximilian, the [SPOILER] grisly death of Cygnus' top dog Dr. Alex Durant (played originally by Anthony Perkins) and the design of the ship. Koskinski remembers how these elements struck him as a kid first watching this:
"I saw 'Black Hole' as a little kid. What sticks out most is the robot Maximilian. The blades and the vicious killing of Anthony Perkins. That freaked me out and that's definitely going to be an element that will be preserved. The design of the Cygnus ship is one of the most iconic spaceships ever put to film."
Since I haven't yet seen the original, I don't have much a frame of reference for how loved certain elements of the film may be to sci-fi fandom, but it's very cool to see this kind of passion come from a director who connected with this story when he was a kid. In passing, a friend once told me that any filmmaker who considers a remake or reboot of a film or franchise lacks vision. I respectfully disagreed and countered that many filmmakers simply have a connection to certain iconic stories and characters, and being able to make them live out your fantasies is an absolute dream come true. More practically, making big, studio films that are successful allows independence later when you want to get one of your original films off the ground.
Anyway, I think we can look forward to some great things from Kosinski, with Tron Legacy and hopefully with The Black Hole as well. We'll do our best to keep you updated on the status of this. Thoughts so far?