‘Prometheus’ Screenwriter Jon Spaihts Hired for Disney’s ‘The Black Hole’ Remake

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Yesterday, director Joseph Kosinski teased that Disney would be releasing some big news about the remake of its 1979 sci-fi film The Black Hole. Now, we know what he was talking about.

According to a new report, screenwriter Jon Spaihts has been hired to rewrite the film, picking up where screenwriter Travis Beachem left off. Previously, Spaihts wrote the Timur Bekmambetov-produced sci-fi film The Darkest Hour and the pseudo-Alien prequel PrometheusSpaihts is also currently working on Len Wiseman’s reboot of The Mummy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which was the first to break the story, Spaihts won Disney over with his “big idea” concept for the film, which is “philosophical and somewhat dark in tone.”

For those unfamiliar with the original film, here’s a short synopsis via THR:

The original [film] 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 that 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 Black Hole was notable at the time for being Disney’s most expensive movie ever, coming in at $26 million for both production and advertising. That would be the (approximate) equivalent of $122 million in today’s dollars.

Jon Spaihts is certainly one of Hollywood’s most in-demand screenwriters, and his experience in the sci-fi space could make him a great fit for The Black Hole.

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V.I.N.C.E.N.T. from ‘The Black Hole’ (1979)

While many fans were unsatisfied with Prometheus, Spaihts’ original version of the script was actually far more closely tied to the Alien movie mythology. It was only later, after the studio insisted on changes to remove the Xenomorphs and other Alien elements, that Damon Lindelof was brought on and given the unenviable task of developing a script that had the DNA of an Alien movie without precisely being one.

With Kosinski’s Oblivion coming out this month, you can bet that Disney will be moving full steam ahead on The Black Hole. In the meantime, we’ll keep track of all the developments on the film for you here.

There’s currently no release date for The Black Hole.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. YES !!!! So it’s actually going to happen.

    And hopefully Spaihts will do a much better job at adapting this remake of The Black Hole than his “quasi sequel” Prometheus. ( Although I am a fan of Prometheus. )

    Great news.

    Disney: Maybe it’s about time to come out with a cleaned up version of the original “The Black Hole” on Blu Ray!

    Kosinski seems genuinely committed to The Black Hole and Spaihts sounds like the natural writer to adapt it and hopefully add on some contemporary science and subject matter to it’s story.

    Would love to see Olivia Wilde in this remake rather than Tron. Think about that, Mr Kosinski.

    Back into the great beyonds of space we go….

  2. Actually, from everything I heard Spaiths did a great job with Prometheus, before Lindelof came in and screwed it up.

    Btw: Leeland Orser for Anthony Perkins’role, please! He always plays the same kind of twitchy weird guy that Perkins used to portray and he’s a good actor.

    • I was someone who defended Prometheus until I read the script Spaihts wrote online…
      Now I’ll never understand why they didn’t make his version. It would have been a better prequel, more things made sense and most importantly a better movie.
      So if you get a chance and enjoy reading scripts I recommend you look it up.

  3. I have such fond childhood memories of THE BLACK HOLE – especially the ending. The ending had me daydreaming for months at a time. They should get Johnny Depp for either the mad scientist or the captain of the “Palomino”. I’ve always wanted to see him in a big budget science fiction movie without gold capped teeth and dreadlocks.

  4. we’re going to have black holes and loopholes…

  5. This is great news!!!! This movie needs a great writer, and it certainly got one.

    I loved this movie as a kid, the whole idea of the story was just so cool to me. I really hope they don’t vary to far from the original story.

    I cannot wait for this movie, or to hear more details on progress!!!

  6. Wow. The Black Hole is really an incredible film. Very awe and dread inspiring. The remake will do well just to equal the majesty of the USS Cygnus and the visual effects, which were and still are remarkably good, especially for the era in which the film was made. A dark, philosophical tone sounds like a good idea…there is probably a bigger market for that than there was back then.

  7. Finally The Black Hole has come back to Disney! If you smell what the Mouse is cookin’!

  8. I am hoping that Yvette Mimeux will do a cameo in the remake. She was part of two memorable Sci-Fi films (the original “Time Machine” as well as “The Black Hole”). I’m looking forward to this one.

  9. I thought the writing for The Darkest Hour was poor, the majority of the dialogue was abysmal.

  10. I would pick a root canal over Black Hole any day of the week.
    20 mil?? The mind boggles at the good use the money could’ve been put to.
    The positive reviews serve to confirm the continued use of 60s era hallucinogens.