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Disney Hires ‘Prometheus’ Writer for ‘Black Hole’ Remake

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Here’s hoping writer Jon Spaihts has better luck this time around — the ‘Prometheus‘ scribe has been hired to pen the script for Disney’s upcoming remake of ‘The Black Hole.’

THR reports that Disney has chosen a writer to pen the remake of ‘The Black Hole,’ the 1979 Disney film that, at the time, was the most expensive in the company’s history. Jon Spaihts, who wrote the first version of the script for ‘Prometheus’ before Damon Lindelof was notoriously brought in for rewrites, has been hired by the studio to tackle the re-imagining, which is being helmed by ‘Oblivion‘ director Joseph Kosinski (still, as he was attached when ‘Tron: Legacy’ came out).

The original film followed a group of explorers who discover a wayward ship just outside of a mysterious black hole in space. When the explorers board the ship, they meet a scientist who leads a group of faceless robots and claims that his crew abandoned him when he announced his plan to enter the black hole. In a creepy twist, the robots are revealed to be the crew members, turned into robots by the crazed scientist.

It’s a great concept for a film and one that could be executed well as a remake, and having Spaihts and Kosinski involved means the studio really wants to deliver on the science fiction. We have our doubts, considering Spaihts’ previous work includes the horrendous ‘The Darkest Hour’ (bet you forgot about that one already) and a draft of ‘Prometheus’ that was never fully realized, while Kosinski is responsible for ‘Tron: Legacy.’

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