Beyond The Planet Of The Apes: Six Seventies Sci-Fi Movies Worth Remaking
The Black Hole
Hollywood has been trying to remake Disney’s 1979 The Black Hole for what seems like forever. High profile screenwriters like Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) have been attached to the project at various stages of the development, but every time you think there is forward momentum building, it hits a wall for one reason or another.
The cult classic is the story of the Palomino, a deep-space exploration vessel that comes across the USS Cygnus, a ship that has been lost for years and years. Improbably, the Cygnus is suspended on the edge of a black hole. The only living crewmember left on the ship is Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell), and a collection of robot assistants. As you can imagine, he’s gone a wee bit insane, and says that the ship was damaged in a meteor storm and the rest of the crew evacuated and headed back to Earth. The truth, however, is a much darker, more dangerous affair.
Given the massive evolution of special effects technology, there are no limits to the things a studio could do with a Black Hole remake. At the same time, you run the risk of churning out yet another bland, empty attempt at a sci-fi adventure, glossing over all of the things that make this a unique movie and made you want to remake it in the first place. – Brent