Joseph Kosinski is the man behind this year’s long awaited Tron Legacy, a sequel that’s been over two decades in the making. Now that the film has been shot and is in post production, he has his eye on another sci-fi feature, The Black Hole. Over at MTV, they spoke to the director about his vision for the film, and what we can expect from it as compared to the original.
The first big piece of news that Kosinski dropped regarding the film is Travis Beacham’s progress on the script. He said that he’ll start penning the screenplay in early 2010, which means it will be happening in the next couple of months.
The original Black Hole followed a group of space explorers aboard the USS Palomino who come across a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, hovering outside a black hole. Inside the Cygnus, the explorers meet a scientist, commanding an army of faceless robots, who explains his crew deserted him as he planned to go through the black hole. The explorers soon discover that the robots are the remnants of the former crew and that the scientist has no intention of letting them leave.
In Kosinski’s reboot or reimagining or whatever you want to call it, he has a pretty clear idea of how he wants to interpret the story.
“It won’t be a sequel like Tron,” he explained. “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. I saw Black Hole as a little kid,” said Kosinski. “What sticks out most is the robot Maximilian. The blades and the vicious killing of Anthony Perkins. 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.”
It sounds like he’s going for some serious details and concepts to set his film a part from the original. His work on Tron Legacy will give us a good gauge on whether or not he really understands the backstory of the films or their history with fans.
What do you think of Kosinski’s ideas for The Black Hole?