Director talks The Black Hole remake
The Black Hole is a great film, and we talk about how Pixar manages to get the family and adult levels in a film just right, but for me this is a Disney film that does just that too. It's a classic in my mind with the excellent robot characters that seem more human and emotionally connected than some of the rest of the cast.
We heard in December of last year that Joseph Kosinski, the director of Tron Legacy, was to remake The Black Hole, and now he's been talking about his ideas for the film and what direction it's going to be going in.
The Black Hole tells the story of the research space vessel USS Palomino investigating a Black Hole in space, and while they're looking from afar they see that much, much closer, close to the point of no return than is deemed safe, is a ship, a lost ship called the USS Cygnus.
They venture towards the ship and discover that aboard it, the sole human survivor Dr. Hans Reinhardt, has built an anti-gravity shield that holds them in place, and survives there with a crew of robots led by the largest and deadliest, Maximilian, while the rest of the crew are lost.
Here's a trailer from the original to remind you of the film:
So that's you back up to speed with The Black Hole, a cracking film that I've long been a fan of, so the idea of a remake has been filling me with dread ever since.
Joseph Kosinski though has been doing great work with Tron Legacy, and that does suggest that maybe there's a lot to be had from this other great Disney film. Just the other day he talked to MTV through Latino Review about it and gave us some interesting insights.
It's not a sequel, but a re-imagining, for that read remake:
"It won't be a sequel like Tron...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."
That sounds not too bad, it doesn't seem like he's treating the original badly, and at the same time doing what a remake should really do rather than just remake it scene by scene. There's more though.
"I saw Black Hole as a little kid...What sticks out most is the robot Maximilian. The blades and the vicious killing of [spoiler removed - Richard]. 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."
So more science, more reality about what we now know about Black Holes and what could happen to you, but he's going to be retaining the power of the first film it sounds like, for the robot and the looming danger is one of the biggest parts of that film.
It's the ending of the original that always struck me as the poor part of The Black Hole, while it did touch on some interesting elements that might suggest something more 2001-ish, it was never fleshed out more than that, and in way that's one of the reasons it remained so powerful to this day.
I hope Kosinski does the original justice, for I don't doubt for a minute that there could be much more done with the film nowadays, and not just in the realm of effects.