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Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts is working on Disney's The Black Hole remake

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Strangely not abandoned once the studio acquired the actual Star Wars, which would seem to preclude the need to remake their own rip-off, The Black Hole is still on for a redo at Disney, still under the direction of Tron: Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski. And much as Kosinski has experience outfitting Disney’s early forays into science-fiction with shinier technology, newly hired Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts brings with him the experience of grappling with religious themes and robots.


That falls in line with what Disney apparently hopes to do with its new Black Hole, which is being described as “philosophical and somewhat dark in tone”—more philosophical than the original's strange heaven-and-hell allusions and somehow even darker, after the 1979 film scarred an entire generation with its terrifying visions of a supposedly technologically advanced future in which robots are nevertheless voiced by Slim Pickens. (Also, you know, the lobotomies and eviscerations.) Spaihts takes over a script from Pacific Rim’s Travis Beacham, all while Damon Lindelof stands over Spaihts’ shoulder saying, “If you need me to tag in and add some more theologizin', let me know.”

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