The film won't be a sequel or a prequel, but it won't be a shot-for-shot remake, either. It will be a "reimagining" that incorporates modern science and knowledge of black holes, but will keep the iconic and nightmarish elements from the first film. "I saw The 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."
Disney and hard science aren't two ideas that really go together, but then I was surprised by the level of sex and mayhem that went on in Pirates of the Caribbean. Perhaps The Black Hole will really be allowed to question free will, the nature of reality and consciousness. With killer robots. That might be a remake worth watching.