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Amid the glory days of their live-action adventure films, Walt Disney Pictures released 'The Black Hole' in 1979. The film starred Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine, Maximilian Schell, and Robert Forster and centered on the crew of the USS Palomino who come across a ship long thought to be lost while on a mission in deep space. Aboard the largely abandoned craft, the crew of The Palomino find an obsessed captain whose crew left the ship when they heard of his plan to actually travel through a black hole. For quite some time, Disney has been planning a reboot of the film, and long ago attached Joseph Kosinski ('Tron: Legacy') to direct. Now it appears they have also acquired a writer for the reboot. Jon Spaihts ('Prometheus') has been tapped to pen the screenplay for the new 'Black Hole.' Back in 2009, Travis Beacham ('Pacific Rim') was tasked with writing the script, but has since departed for other projects. The reboot will purportedly be "philosophical and somewhat dark in tone."
'The Black Hole' is one of my all time favorite Disney films. It was accessible in its genre-pleasing elements, but also quite thought-provoking and contemplative, even for kids! I can therefore understand why they would approach someone like Spaihts to do the screenplay, as 'Prometheus' certainly at least flirted with a number of weighty philosophical theories. The problem of course is that 'Prometheus' also featured more plot holes than it had minutes in its runtime. Now granted, Spaihts did write 'Prometheus' with Damon Lindelof, who has been the most vocal about taking the blame for that script's many weaknesses, though in an oddly proud fashion. Frankly the larger concern I have is that the last time Spaihts went solo on a screenplay, it was the untenable train wreck that is 'The Darkest Hour.' In any event, what I'm hoping for is another Disney reboot with an expanded mythology and dazzling visuals, much like what Kosinski did with 'Tron: Legacy.'
What do you guys think? Do you think 'The Black Hole' reboot will be decent? How do you feel about Spaihts as its screenwriter?