Jon Spaihts to Rewrite Kosinski's 'Black Hole' Remake in the Works

April 4, 2013
Source: Hollywood News, THR

Jon Spaihts / The Black Hole

You can't escape the most powerful force in the universe. This just shot to the top of my most anticipated in sci-fi. For years we've been following development on Disney's remake of the 1979 sci-fi cult classic The Black Hole, which Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski announced would be next for him. That was before he went on to make Oblivion, which is about to hit theaters, and why Kosinski is out talking to press. At the same moment he was telling one site that The Black Hole remake "is on", THR was figuring out who they've hired for the script - it's none other than Jon Spaihts, who we talked world building with last year.

Screenwriter Jon Spaihts isn't a mainstream name yet, but he's quickly becoming known for his incredibly complex, deep sci-fi writing, even if the final movie in the end doesn't turn out that great. He's credited for The Darkest Hour and Prometheus, but also has scripts called Passengers and Shadow 19 that while yet unproduced, have earned him an immense amount of respect in the industry. Since Prometheus, he has been attached to a couple of other projects including Len Wiseman's Mummy reboot, the World War Robot adaptation, and a Jerry Bruckheimer space adventure. Now he's helping rewrite The Black Hole script for Kosinski, originally written by Travis Beacham. THR says "Spaihts has been hired to kickstart the project."

Over on the site The Hollywood News, they run two quotes from Kosinski. "Yes, The Black Hole is on. We actually have some exciting, big news coming on that very soon. It's a project that I’m really excited about… it's a deep space trip into the centre of the galaxy and we have a really great idea for the Black Hole itself…" I'm sold already. A deep space trip from Kosinski? Why, yes please. Is the big news he's talking about the Spaihts story, or is it something else? I would be leaning towards yes it is the news, but he could also mean they have some casting and exciting details regarding major progress. Either way, it's another exciting science fiction project (coming in this new era) I'm already anxious about and have been for years.

For those still wanting to know about another Tron sequel, Kosinski also said the next one is still coming, too. Do they have a new title for Tron 3? "Yes, we do have a name but we’re not talking about it yet… I’m really excited about the idea we have but the script is in process right now." We'll have to keep waiting for all the major developments with both of these Kosinski sci-fi projects, but at the least things are moving along and he sounds much more optimistic than some directors. Kosinski's Oblivion hits theaters April 19th.

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Reader Feedback - 9 Comments


I am not one for remakes, but this particular movie has potential.. Just please do not turn it into another Event Horizon ( great 2/3 of a movie with great potential shot to hell !! no pun )

Tester on Apr 4, 2013


Bring back V.I.N.CENT. and don't change him!

Paul Hepburn on Apr 5, 2013


Can't leave out poor B.O.B. or Evil robot Maximilian. Was such a cool movie.

DJROBL on Apr 5, 2013


Just seeing Max in the background ^ gives me the creeps, 30-something years later...

$126191 on Apr 5, 2013


Who could replace Roddy McDowall's voice?

$126191 on Apr 5, 2013


I really liked Spaihts' "Alien: Engineers" script, so I'm looking forward to this.

Daniel Koelsch on Apr 5, 2013


But the original had some cool robots and great score by the late John Barry.

Luke Cavanagh on Apr 5, 2013


Oh, Prometheus... Everyone has an off day, I suppose. A remake of The Black Hole could be really spectacular. The original was a good but flawed movie. The imagery alone is very memorable. There was always something really dark and creepy about that film, especially seeing it as a child. Just remember to write a better ending on this version.

$126191 on Apr 5, 2013


I read Passengers a year ago or so. The script could be changed now, I don't know, I didn't like it much though. Melodrama on a space ship.

Robert L. Tuva on Apr 7, 2013

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