Joseph Kosinski us busy finishing Tron Legacy. Roll on December when it gets released. As well as that he is also gearing up for another sci-fi classic, The Black Hole, first mentioned back in December of last year. This won’t be a sequel of the 1979 live action Disney film, but more of a reboot.
“It won’t be a sequel like ‘Tron,’” explained Kosinski to MTV. “This one will be a reimagining. For me, it would be taking ideas and iconic elements that struck me as timeless and cool and preserving them while weaving a new story around them that’s a little more ’2001.’”
I love the original film as I’ve mentioned a few times on the site. Scared me as a kid and was so much darker than other Disney Films. Making it a little more 2001 won’t be that difficult as the original heads down that route at the end of the original. They appear to pass through heaven and hell once they head into the black hole. Plus it had cool robots in the shape of V.I.N.CENT and the evil Maximilian.
The original 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 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 $26 million movie, which featured a menacing red robot named Maximilian and two smaller, friendlier robots, was Disney’s first PG-rated production and helped put the company on the special effects map.
“We’ve got a really strong idea and concept for the film, the title alone has tremendous amount of potential. We’ve got a really talented writer on it named Travis Beecham (Clash of the Titans. We’re just getting started on the script in the next few months.”
It doesn’t sound as if they will be ditching everything and just keeping the name. Some of the iconic scenes and imagery from the original will still be there which can only be a good thing.
“I saw ‘Black Hole’ as a little kid,” said Kosinski. “What sticks out most is the robot Maximilian. The blades and the vicious killing of Anthony Perkins. That freaked me out and that’s definitely going to be an element that will be preserved. The design of the Cygnus ship is one of the most iconic spaceships ever put to film. From a conceptual point of view, we know so much more about black holes now, the crazy things that go on as you approach them due to the intense gravitational pull and the effects on time and space. All that could provide us with some really cool film if we embrace it in a hard science way.”
There are lots of remakes in Hollywood at the moment, but I really think that this is one film that will benefit from a reboot with todays technology.
What do you want kept from the original and what new things could be brought into the mix?