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

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.

Vincent The Black Hole
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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