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Old June 6 2013, 03:23 AM   #1
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The Black Hole Remake

I've heard about this on and off for years, thought it was just another project that would be mentioned then disappear.

Now it seems that Jon Spaihts, who wrote the first original draft of Prometheus, will be doing rewrites on the script.

Well, I must admit, I'm actually looking forwards to this. The original was an ambitious project, and wowed me when I was a kid, remaining one of my guilty pleasures today.

The Cygnus is an iconic design, unlike almost anything else out there - completely impractical for a spaceship, but damn, it looked cool!
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Old June 6 2013, 04:09 AM   #2
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I watched the original a lot when I was kid. My Uncle worked for RCA and we got discounted stuff from him so we had a videodisc player. This was one of the movies that my brother and I watched so frequently that the disc ended up being unplayable.

I hope they keep the robot design something similar to the movie. I loved Vincent and Bob and their simplistic bodies.
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Old June 6 2013, 04:02 PM   #3
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I watched the original a lot when I was kid. My Uncle worked for RCA and we got discounted stuff from him so we had a videodisc player. This was one of the movies that my brother and I watched so frequently that the disc ended up being unplayable.

I hope they keep the robot design something similar to the movie. I loved Vincent and Bob and their simplistic bodies.
Me as well. A remake of this film - done well - really has some potential and it could be scary as well because the revelation that the crew were the robots with a modern twist of some goolishness could make this not only a great sci-fi pic but a horror picture as well.

IIRC [haven't watched it in a while] the special effects were outstanding and groundbreaking and even by today's standards still watchable.
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Old June 6 2013, 04:08 PM   #4
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Maximilian is probably one of the most sinister robot designs ever, hope they don't change it too much.
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Old June 6 2013, 04:22 PM   #5
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The original was an ambitious project, and wowed me when I was a kid, remaining one of my guilty pleasures today.
I don't think The Black Hole is a guilty pleasure at all. Yeah, it's still somewhat of a Disney movie despite its PG-rating, but there's more cool stuff about it than cringe-worthy stuff.
The Cygnus is an iconic design, unlike almost anything else out there - completely impractical for a spaceship, but damn, it looked cool!
Hmm. I thought the Cygnus was completely practical for the kind of spaceship it was (a large deep-space exploration vessel).
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Old June 6 2013, 04:53 PM   #6
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I'm on board. At the very least, it should be interesting to watch.
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Old June 6 2013, 04:57 PM   #7
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Loved the soundtrack from the movie. You get the whole haunted madness just by listening.
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Old June 6 2013, 08:19 PM   #8
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Got the special edition soundtrack myself recently.

Apparently, The Black Hole was one of the last films to have an "overture", music that played before the opening credits started (similar to star trek TMP).

I do hope they still keep Vincent and Maximilian, as well as Old Bob. And the gothic style, which today would still make it stand out from the usual sci-fi movies.
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Old June 6 2013, 10:40 PM   #9
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Apparently, The Black Hole was one of the last films to have an "overture", music that played before the opening credits started (similar to star trek TMP).
Not entirely. Wikipedia lists a few since then:
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1994) (roadshow presentations only)
Dancer In The Dark (2000)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) (roadshow and Director's Cut versions)
Melancholia (2011)
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Old June 6 2013, 11:03 PM   #10
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Nice. I'd be in for it. I have the original on DVD. I do hope they stick with the theme and rework it. It was quite haunting. Would love to see John Williams rework it.
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Old June 6 2013, 11:04 PM   #11
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A remake of this film - done well - really has some potential
Remakes always have potential. But I know not a single one that was ever done well.
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Old June 6 2013, 11:04 PM   #12
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I am rather surprised at the love shown for this - I saw the film when it came out and disliked it - especially my 'pet hate', cute and/or funny robots (also children and animals). I wrote it off as another of the plentiful dodgy cash in sci-fi films that came out in the wake of Star Wars.

My memories of it are that it was pretty much cringeworthy...
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Old June 6 2013, 11:18 PM   #13
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I am rather surprised at the love shown for this - I saw the film when it came out and disliked it - especially my 'pet hate', cute and/or funny robots (also children and animals). I wrote it off as another of the plentiful dodgy cash in sci-fi films that came out in the wake of Star Wars.

My memories of it are that it was pretty much cringeworthy...
It's from 1970s DISNEY.
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Old June 6 2013, 11:29 PM   #14
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I am rather surprised at the love shown for this - I saw the film when it came out and disliked it - especially my 'pet hate', cute and/or funny robots (also children and animals). I wrote it off as another of the plentiful dodgy cash in sci-fi films that came out in the wake of Star Wars.

My memories of it are that it was pretty much cringeworthy...
It's from 1970s DISNEY.
And this film was pretty bold for Disney at the time. Not the usual kiddie fare we were used to.

However I think this is probably one of those movies that you have an attachment to if you saw it as a kid.....which I didn't.

It was up against TMP and as such I had zero interest in seeing Black Hole. I did see it years later when I had grown up and there are elements that I do like about it. I have a fondness for "finding ships that mysteriously disappeared long ago" type stuff, and I liked some of the interiors as well as the reveal about the crew.

Didn't care for BOB (which probably had more to do with Slim Pickens taking me out of the moment), nor did I care for the whole "black hole leads to heaven and hell" business. I want to say I read the novelization had a sort of different ending, but it's been about thirty years since I read it.
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Old June 6 2013, 11:34 PM   #15
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The best thing about the night I saw The Black Hole in the theater was the trailer for The Empire Strikes Back that preceeded it. I expected (and still expect) better from Disney. I've always had the impression that this was just Disney rushing to get in on the SF movie boom of the time and not a lot else.
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