Prometheus Co-Writer Will Reboot Disney’s The Black Hole

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The Black HoleYears before Paul W.S. Anderson jumped the proverbial shark with his mostly stellar second feature, Event Horizon, Disney did the whole “we found a possibly empty ship floating around a black hole in the middle of space” story when they released the aptly titled The Black Hole in 1979, cashing in on the cinematic space adventure craze that Star Wars revolutionized. Well, even though one good turn does not, in fact, always deserve another, one is coming anyway.

Walt Disney Pictures is planning a reboot/remake of The Black Hole, and have signed screenwriter Jon Spaihts to rewrite a screenplay that was first worked on by Travis Beacham, who co-wrote the highly anticipated Pacific Rim with Guillermo Del Toro. Spaihts was also partially responsible for another sci-fi film with ridiculously lofty expectations attached to it: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Luckily, we know that Damon Lindelof had a lot to do with fucking that up, so perhaps Spaihts’ talent will shine just a little brighter for this project.

Speaking of bright, however, Spaihts was also responsible for the “these bright lights are actually aliens” thriller The Darkest Hour, so we’re keeping our reservations stockpiled on this one.

In case you don’t remember the film, or never saw it, The Black Hole focused on the U.S.S. Palomino, an explorer ship returning to Earth after a fruitless search for life in the cosmos. But then a “lost” ship is found, and the crew must face the threats that develop thereafter. It isn’t the best movie, but it was darker and more serious than most other Disney films that came before or after it. Obviously, it doesn’t need the update, but it isn’t the most heinous example of a reboot we’ve reported on this site. Check out the original trailer below, and imagine how big the computers were that created some of those graphics.


  1. private says:


  2. TheJohnP says:

    Whatever one’s feeling on the movie itself, Maximillian was the most bad ass robot ever.

    • Brian White says:

      My first comment was PLEASE NO ROBOTS!!!!

      • JT says:

        Yes let’s get rid of one of the best things about the original! Wait… I hope you’re joking!

        The plot doesn’t even work without robots, to be honest.

  3. Event Horizon ‘jumped the shark’? What are you talking about?

  4. JimmieCone says:

    I saw this at the movie theatre in 79. I also saw Ridley Scott’s *Alien* at the movie theatre the SAME year. Sorry, but Disney’s movie was inexcusable. It can’t hold a candle to the brilliant fillmaking, acting, graphics, and story in Scott’s movie. Even *2001*, *Silent Running*, *Star Wars*, and *Close Encounters*—all predecessors to *The Black Hole*—were more advanced in at least those four areas. Re-making the original, no matter how rough, can only be a vast improvement.

    • christian_707 says:

      I disagree. The Black Hole was a great movie and even today I still think it’s very entertaining to watch. You can’t compare it to Aliens or Star Wars, they have nothing in common else than they take place in space. Not every movie in space has to be the same. Great movie I say

  5. Hitleriffic! says:

    Thanks for letting me know. I’d share this article if the writer wasn’t such an opinionated asshole.

  6. disney closing down lucasarts. what bunch of blackholes.

  7. Cory Dorsey says:

    The only problem with this as a reboot is the fact we’ve scientifically determined that you cannot physically “see” a black hole. Kinda ruins the visual premise of the film.

    • pneusodym says:

      Yeah, ’cause that stopped Abrams from showing us several black holes in the Star Trek reboot, right?

    • That’s easy enough to overcome. You may not be able to eyeball a blackhole, except for the fact that it’ll be black and have no stars. I’m sure you could “detect” it and represent that visually overlayed on a viewscreen.

      I’m a bit of a fan of the BH, not that I think it was very good, let’s be honest most Disney films are not very good, “Disney” is synonymous with childish entertainment. It’s still fun enough though, and I’d like to see a reboot, but I want to know what happens in The Black Hole II. That’s what always bugged me, what happened to everybody, after they were all pulled into the Black Hole????!!!!

  8. Stan says:

    “Luckily, we know that Damon Lindelof had a lot to do with fucking that up,”
    Atleast ,there’s something we can all agree on.

    • Jon Hatchell says:

      No, we most certainly do not all agree on that. I do not fault the writer of the first installment to a multi-part movie for “failing” to cater to the LCD’s lust for instant gratification, expecting all answers provided, even spoon-fed, before they leave the theater.

      • Stan says:

        The problem with Promethius is not that it’s a really bad movie,it’s just not the really great movie it could have been.The number of flaws in it are to many to recount here and far to obvious to give a pass to. Much of it’s problems were directly related to Lindelof’s writing.

    • Jay Eyler says:

      Yeah, we can’t all agree on it, because the majority of the people who watched it, enjoyed it. Fact. Complainers being the most vocal, does not make them a majority.

      • Stan says:

        Actualy we can agree .
        There’s nothing wrong with being ambiguous,there’s nothing wrong with not explaning everything or giving answers to every question.There’s nothing wrong with being complex ,convoluted or working hidden meanings and agenda into a plot.There’a also nothing wrong with a little spoon feeding or expecting a movie to stand alone by it’self. All of these are the basic techniques used in telling a good well crafted story,and I challege you to find any story or film that does not use them to some degree.The trick is how you use them in telling the story.Use them correctly and they add to the whole,,over doing it or not understanding when and when not to ,ruins it.
        Basicly ,Lindelof of is not that good a writer, .and a good reason he’s not included in on the sequel.

  9. this trailer gave away the whole movie

  10. Jim Yager says:

    I saw this movie in the theater way back in th eday. I did enjoy it, as a kid, and, even now, watch it with a smile. I think that they are missing the real story here, it’s not a re-make at all. They should make a movie called CYGNUS amd tell the story about the building and launching of the ship and the mutiny that put everything in motion. If, that makes a ton of money, then, re-make the Black Hole.

  11. Stortz John says:

    I hope they don’t change the designs of the CYGNUS or VINCENT. Even today, I think they’re awesome. Too bad Roddy McDowall is no longer with us to voice VINCENT. Or Slim Pickens to voice old BOB.

  12. Jay Eyler says:

    This was actually a decent flick in 1979. After Star Wars, there were so many crappy space movies trying to capitalize on the popularity, and I watched just about every one of them. This was far from the worst. Some of the violence was crazy for a Disney flick. And the religious tones at the end scared the hell out of me.

  13. David Bailey says:

    Being as that I enjoyed The Black Hole and Prometheus, I consider your opinion derivative and stupid. Good day.

  14. I did kinda wonder when I saw one of the floating robot toys in young Flynns bedroom in Tron : Legacy… You know what these big film companies are like for dropping hints.

  15. Mike says:

    But hopefully all of you can agree that the score by John Barry is fantastic!

  16. Hanniballsack says:

    Who the fuck is Will Reboot?

  17. betaray100 says:

    I named my son Maximilian after that robot. No lie!

  18. Mark Coren says:

    As I remember, part of the stir about the original film was that it was the first Disney movie not rated G. Its PG rating made it quite racy by Disney audience standard, and as a 9 year old view, I was scared out of my wits. Oh how times have changed lol