The Black Hole — third time’s the charm?


Jim Hill says Disney is thinking of re-making The Black Hole (1979) — but first, to test the waters, they’re thinking of releasing a brand new graphic-novel adaptation of the original film.

Hill goes on to suggest that what comic-book fans might really want is not a new graphic novel, but a collection of the Sunday strips that were drawn back then by comic-book legend Jack Kirby, whose serialization of The Black Hole was apparently the only movie adaptation of his career:

I had never heard of Kirby’s adaptation before, but I must say that the two panels above look better than just about anything in the magazine-sized Golden comic book that I have had for nearly 30 years, now. Here is how it depicts the scene depicted above:

So, if Disney commissions yet another comic-book adaptation of this film, will the third time be the charm, then?

And does this film really have that big of a cult following?

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    Aside from my discussions about it with you and Geo and J, I remember quite a few people back home discussing it. People had either never seen it or they saw it but just can’t remember it.
    A remake of the Black Hole makes more sense than a remake of The Bad Lieutenant.


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