Tron sequel makers will reinvent another sci-fi classic

Looks like Disney is reaching back into its catalog for sci-fi material: First, Tron Legacy, the sequel to its groundbreaking movie, and now a reboot of The Black Hole, the 1979 movie notable for being the most expensive movie the studio had ever produced at the time.

Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey are being asked to reinvent The Black Hole, which marked a leap forward for Disney's special effects but looked cheeseball compared with that era's Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It was basically a kids' movie.

Here's how The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reported it:

"Hole" marks one of the first projects to be put into development by new studio chief Rich Ross.

The original 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.

The $26 million movie, which featured a menacing red robot named Maximilian and two smaller, friendlier robots, was Disney's first PG-rated production and helped put the company on the special effects map.

No details yet on the proposed remake, though we're told it will be a lot more scientific about black holes and that it will bring back the film's signature evil red robot, Maximilian.

Tron Legacy is set for release on Dec. 17, 2010.

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