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 award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • 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.