Disney is going to remake a film that I liked but many did not . The 1979 Sci Fi epic the Blackhole . And it is being made by those that are bringing to the big Screen Tron Legacy . This was one attempt by Disney to make a real honest to goodness Sci Fi that was more for adults then the kiddies.
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Disney is preparing another expedition into "The Black Hole."
Joseph Kosinski and Sean Bailey, the director and producer of Disney's new "Tron: Legacy," and screenwriter Travis Beacham are teaming up for what is being labeled a reinvention of the 1979 sci-fi film, which at the time was the most expensive movie Disney had ever produced.
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 that 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 1979 trailer for Blackhole
Steven Speilberg Remakes a Twilight Zone classic
One of the greatest of all time Speilberg along with Stacey Snider and Dreamworks is going to do a full feature film remake of the Twilight Zone classic episode Steel Now called Real Steel. According to Variety he movie will be also staring Hugh Jackman of Wolverine fame. See article
Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider are betting big on robots for their first project since securing $825 million in financing for the reconstituted DreamWorks.
The DreamWorks principals have greenlit the "Rocky"-esque robot tale "Real Steel," to star Hugh Jackman, as their first pic since raising $650 million from both J.P. Morgan Securities and Reliance Big Pictures and an additional $175 million from Disney, which will distrib DreamWorks titles.
Now does anyone remember the old Zone episode. If you do not here is a reminder and the episode that I found on VEOH
Sports item, circa 1974: Battling Maxo, B2, heavyweight, accompanied by his manager and handler, arrives in Maynard, Kansas, for a scheduled six-round bout. Battling Maxo is a robot, or, to be exact, an android - definition: 'an automaton resembling a human being.' Only these automatons have been permitted in the ring since prizefighting was legally abolished in 1968. This is the story of that scheduled six-round bout- more specifically, the story of two men shortly to face that remorseless truth: that no law can be passed which will abolish cruelty or desperate need - nor, for that matter, blind animal courage. Location for the facing of said truth: a small, smoke-filled arena just this side of the Twilight Zone.
That was the opening sequence of the classic Twilight Zone Episode 122 of season 5 called Steel which aired on October 4th 1963. The story revolved around a time in the zone where boxing between humans was outlawed and replaced with rockem sockem robots. Well human replicas that fought for the entertainment of the blood thirsty humans. The synopsis of the story is as follows
In a future where any boxing involving human fighters has been criminalized, the sport is now dominated by fighting robots. Former boxer Steel Kelly manages a B2-model robot called "Battling Maxo." Maxo is an older fighting robot and we learn that due to his age, he is not in demand. Kelly and his partner have used the last of their money to get to the fight venue. He is being given this chance due to the fact that one of the scheduled fighters was damaged in transport. Kelly has to assure the fight promoter that Maxo will be able to fight. After the fight promoter leaves Kelly and his partner and mechanic, Pole, argue about Maxo's condition and that he needs new parts. Kelly feels that Maxo should be able to go through with the fight despite Maxo's age and condition. While Pole tests Maxo's functions, an arm spring lets go and they don't have the parts or the money to fix him. Kelly decides that since they are from out of town, he would disguise himself as Maxo in order to collect the money necessary for repairs. Steel enters the fight disguised as Maxo. However, despite a valiant effort, he is unable to damage the B7 robot he is fighting, even when he lands an unblocked punch directly in the back of its head. He is nearly killed after lasting a little under three minutes. The crowd jeers Maxo's performance, not knowing that it is a human doing the fighting. Afterwards, the fight promoter will only give them half the prize money because of "Maxo's" poor performance. The episode ends with Kelly, bruised but stubborn as ever, telling Pole that with the money they will get the parts to fix Maxo.
The movie that is considered by many to be a cult classic including yours truley is being remade over with some great CG's it looks like instead of the old stop animation special effects like the original. The movie will be released in March of 2010 and will star Sam Worthington as Perseus
Sci Fi Wire is reporting that the Highlander franchise is about to get a reboot . Again another movie franchise going for the reimaging or rebooting award . You pick the phrase . Every one loves changing the buzz words on me. Once my stomach settles from one they come up with another . I remember them calling it remakes once upon a time. Well the movie is being made by Summit Entertainment , directed by Justin Lin, director of Fast & Furious , and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway the writers of Iron Man. Since this is in the preproduction stage there is very little on it except that it is going ahead.
It was fun reading the responces to the news on this article some really passionate statements of enough with reboots. But lets face it . If done right it will make a lot of money. This will also generate for the old series , movies , books , and so forth , some big sales . Much like the really well done Star Trek reboot has done for that franchise. It will be interesting to see how this film production plays out. I was a huge fan of the original movie and the series and may be willing to give it a chance on who and how it is developed.
Plan 9 Trailer
The classic B film of all times is getting a remake. The Edwood movie Plan 9 from Outer Space is now being remade over by Darkstone Entertainment and is called of course only Plan 9 (see site for upcoming news and events). This looks like it will have all the cheezy goodness of the original with better effects.
There is not much on that site except that Johnson the director is going to be doing a live blogger as quoted bellow .
Director John Johnson will be going live to do a video Q + A at 8pm on Sunday September 13, 2009 Eastern Standard Time. Come ask away onBlog TV!