Okay, first things first: David Fincher is not on a remake of the 1979 Disney film The Black Hole. That remake is still in flux (though supposedly Joseph Kosinski is/was going to direct that). No, it’s the Charles Burns comic Black Hole that David Fincher is now planning to direct, a project that’s been in the works for over a decade, and one that’s found new life at Brad Pitt‘s production company Plan B.
The Hollywood Reporter recently spoke to Pitt about his role in the Oscar front-runner 12 Years a Slave, and it was there where the star/producer announced a line-up of films his company is working on. One is the Andrew Dominik-directed Marilyn Monroe bio-pic Blonde, while another is the Fincher-led Black Hole. As Indiewire notes the film had been in development since the comic was first published in 1995, with Paramount grabbing the rights and they had Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery working on the adaption with Alexander Aja on board to direct. As both Gaiman and Avery wrote 2007′s Beowulf, it seems likely that it was around that time when this was at its closest to production. Then Fincher came on board and the project went away, but now it’s back.
Currently Fincher is working on the adaptation of Gone Girl, which will star Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, so this would then come after that, but considering Fincher’s ability to collect projects, there’s no guarantee that this will move forward. He’s been known to consider things for a long time, but that he’s coming back to this speaks well of its prospects. At least better than his aborted remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The soonest we could see Fincher’s Black Hole would then be 2015 at the very earliest.
Have you read Black Hole?