EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Kosinski’s ‘Black Hole’ To Begin Script Work Soon, Will Preserve Maximilian, Cygnus And More

As “Tron Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski plows forward with post-production work on his 3-D sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, he’s also keeping his eye on bringing to the big screen a new version of another decades’ old sci-fi touchstone: “Black Hole.”

In an exclusive interview with MTV News, Kosinski gave us insight into the film’s central concepts and revealed that Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans“) will begin work on a script in early 2010.

“We’ve got a really strong idea and concept for the film,” Kosinski said early in January. “The title alone has tremendous amount of potential. We’ve got a really talented writer on it named Travis Beecham. We’re just getting started on the script in the next few months.”

The 1979 original focused on a ship on a deep space mission and its encounter with a lost vessel called the Cygnus, home to a lone scientist in charge of an army of robots (including the hulking red killer Maximilian) who turn out to be the ship’s missing crew. Kosinski’s updated version won’t pick up after the events of the first film, but rather will rework them with a vastly bigger budget and a deeper understanding of the science behind black holes.

“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.’”

Among the elements Kosinski intends to keep are the red robot, the gnarly death of Cygnus’ top dog Dr. Alex Durant (played originally by Anthony Perkins) and the design of the ship.

“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.”

Have you seen the original “Black Hole”? What new elements might we expect from a remake enhanced by scientific discoveries of the past 30 years?