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"Prometheus" Scribe Pens "Black Hole" Reboot

By Garth Franklin Thursday April 4th 2013 11:29PM

Jon Spaihts, the scribe behind "The Darkest Hour" and the more direct "Alien"-prequel inspired drafts of "Prometheus," has been hired to work on the script for Disney's reboot of its 1979 sci-fi epic "The Black Hole".

The original, at the time the most expensive film the studio ever made, followed a group of space explorers aboard the USS Palomino.

The group come across a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering outside a black hole. Inside, they meet a scientist (Maximilian Schell) commanding an army of faceless robots who says the 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 new version has been described as a big-scale epic that is "philosophical and somewhat dark in tone". It's unknown if the robots Maximillian, V.I.N.CENT and B.O.B. will be incorporated.

Joe Kosinski ("Tron Legacy," "Oblivion") is attached to direct, while Justin Springer will produce. Travis Beacham penned a previous draft.

Source: Heat Vision

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