“Black Hole” Remake Stalled Over Tone

Years ago, “TRON: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey were toying with another project at Disney – a remake of Gary Nelson’s ambitious 1979 sci-fi feature “The Black Hole”.

In the original, the crew of a space exploration vessel come into contact with crazed scientist Dr. Hans Reinhardt, the sole human aboard a giant ship he plans on flying into a black hole. Robots man Reinhardt’s ship, but the USS Palomino’s team (led by Robert Forster) discover a dark secret about them and Reinhardt’s past.

“Passengers” scribe Jon Spaihts was hired at one point to pen a re-write of the script for the remake and this week offered an update on the project’s status to Slashfilm:

“Black Hole was an amazing experience. That was one of those movies I was stuck on until I cracked the beginning, and suddenly it just started to flow. I loved that script. It sits uneasily in Disney’s world as a dark epic, and Disney is in a very colorful place.

They already have multiple big space epics going, so I don’t know how or whether it’ll find its way to light of day, but I sure wrote a heck of a movie and was thrilled to do it. It was very faithful to the original but clever in all the ways in that first film was silly, I hope.”

Previously the remake had been described as “philosophical and somewhat dark in tone” which is contrast to the original which had some dark ideas, a great John Barry score, and a famously surreal ending for a Disney film.