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Avary and Gaiman at it again, this time with BLACK HOLE for a young, HAUTE director!!

Published at: March 8, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with news on BLACK HOLE... No, not Disney's BLACK HOLE with Norman Bates, Robert Forster and Maximilian Schell... I'm talking about the graphic novel by Charles Burns. Turns out that book is being attacked by a pair of loons, namely Roger Avary (not Avery as Hollywood Reporter said) and Neil Gaiman who just recently worked together on Robert Zemeckis' upcoming BEOWULF.

Moriarty broke this story back in his STARDUST report, posted Sunday.

Alexandre Aja (HAUTE TENSION, HILLS HAVE EYES) is locked in to direct for Paramount.

I've been buried (sorry) in Robert Kirkman's THE WALKING DEAD recently, but now I have to check out Burns' books. I already ordered it from Amazon. Sounds pretty nifty, described as a horror romance story about a group of high school students who come into contact with a sexually transmitted disease called "the teen plague" or "the bug." Sounds great. Can't wait to dig into it!!!

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  • March 8, 2006, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Sounds interesting

    by Thing-Fish

    But say aboutthe Black Hole what you like; Maximilian rocked.

  • March 8, 2006, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Freakin' Sweet.

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    I mean that. I really really do.

  • March 8, 2006, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Black and White?

    by Altercastrated

    This is terrific news. I've had Black Hole in it's hardback incarnation for a while now - it walks a fine line between Naked Lunch, Kids and The Rules of Attraction. If you haven't read it yet buy it. It's worth it tenfold!

  • March 8, 2006, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Ahh, actual 'cool news'

    by Hell_Bender

    I was starting to wonder if I was on the right site. Not that im blaming you guys, You just report it. But there's been nothing interesting in ages now. So thanks for this.

  • March 8, 2006, 7:28 a.m. CST

    You had me UNTIL Alexandre Aja.

    by Negative Man

    HIGH TENSION was one of the WORST pieces of unbridled crap I've ever seen. EVER! Hence, HILLS gets a Netflix at best. I would rather UWE BOLE direct. Seriously. At least I know the level of crap I'd get then. I've SO much hate for HIGH TENSION! And I saw it in preview! Free! And myself and my girlfriend were writhing through it in a way that is not good for dates to writhe! First 30 minutes were great...the last 20+ hours were like sitting through MISSION TO MARS! Mr. Gaiman and Mr. Avary, RUN NOW!!!

  • March 8, 2006, 8:37 a.m. CST

    just read the graphic novel

    by fried samurai

    Really cool book and would make a great film if handled right.I'll admit after reading it Cronenberg & Lynch were the first directors that came to mind.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Dont tell me its another AIDS movie?

    by moondoggy2u

    I'm not being smartass; I haven't read the books. Can someone fill me in? Is it a faux aids commentary or something?

  • March 8, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    If Avary working with an over-rated hack like...

    by Childe Roland

    ...Tarantino can give us such gems as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, just imagine the magic he can make with an imaginative genius like Gaiman! Not even the director of Haute Tension should be able to fuck up a story by these guys.

  • March 8, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Good thing this wasn't a remake of the Disney film

    by IAmLegolas

    I was about to hang myself

  • March 8, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Gaiman is overrated

    by mrdannyocean

    Neil Gaiman is one of the most overrated writers around. His rabid fan-base is deluded. Without his literary references, he'd be just another schmo writing comic books and paperbacks.

  • March 8, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Why are Avary and Gaiman hanging out together?

    by chickychow

    I mean, are they dating, whats the deal? why were they choses for Beowolf, has that been established?

  • March 8, 2006, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by fenario80

    I think it's more about the horrors of adolescence, and "mutations" caused by psychic and emotional scarring. But that's just my opinion. Crazy thing is, I actually read the book and formed my own opinion instead of asking anonymous people on some weblog to explain the subtext to me. Maybe it's really about acne.

  • March 8, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Haute Tension FTW

    by topaz4206

    Wha?!? Haute Tension was so much fun! I see probably 20-30 horror films a year, most of them terrible, but H.T., although its storyline was nothing new, felt so energetic and in love with the genre, that i had a blast. I had no idea he was behind the Hills remake, and it actually makes me want to watch it MORE.

  • March 8, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by topaz4206

    I saw the original french version, i have no idea what was added/cut in the u.s. theatrical release, though i heard something stupid was done to the subtitles(?)

  • March 8, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Moriarty didn't "break this story" last week.

    by team america

    The news has been known for weeks, now.

  • March 8, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    wrong choice

    by Voltero

    I just read this, and the whole time I was thinking, Adam Jones (the guy that does all the tool videos) or Chris Cunningham, and make it like a mini series on hbo or some shit, but no instead we get this fucktard, It's funny to see what hollywood considers "edgy".

  • March 8, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST

    How come Old Bob was called "Old Bob"?

    by pokadoo

    Was he always called that? They even programmed him with an old mans voice. Stupid. I've not heard of this book, but it sounds good.

  • March 8, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by moondoggy2u

    Oh, ho, ho, arent we feeling brave this today? Well, I suppose you are right, maybe i should have just read a book I had little interest in reading rather than asking for the skinny. Hell, since I'm teaching about a hundred kids, taking care of 3 kids, being romantic with my wife, and taking care of my doggie, I should have no qualms about reading some dime-store novel on the side, right? Next time, when you feel like helping somebody, try checking your immature, know-it-all, high-and-mighty, teenage attitude at the door. I appologize for being so venomous, but for crying out loud, i wasnt asking anything complicated or rude. And yeah, I know, I'm just giving you what you want, you self rightous troll--a hunk a' spam. Here's a toothpick to go with it.

  • March 8, 2006, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by homerofthesea


  • March 8, 2006, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Old B.O.B

    by Gorrister

    I'm a big Black Hole geek. I guess it's nostalgia because I loved it as a kid. As for why B.O.B was called "Old Bob", I assume the 'old' part came from his elderly-sounding voice (by Slim Pickins, if I recall). The "Bob" part came from his job "BiOsanitation Batallian" As cheesy as Black Hole is (I say that with the greatest love) the coolest part about the movie was the USS Cygnus. I just LOVE that ship! Kinda reminds me of the Eifel Tower in space. Of course, I also loved the weird psychodelic ending sequence as well.

  • March 8, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    thanks, homerofthesea.

    by moondoggy2u

    Sounds different--I'll check it out, then.

  • March 8, 2006, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by fenario80

    Oooh! And who is feeling a little touchy today? You were so desperately predisposed to dismiss a work of art you obviously know nothing about, because of your assumption that it was an AIDS metaphor. Imeant to gently - gently - chide you for asking anonymous teenage troll flamers to explain what the book "means." Whatever you're teaching those children, it obviously is not subtlety or understatement, and I pray to God that it's not literature.

  • March 8, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    is baking bread in the breakroom of my workplace. It's driving me fucking crazy. My cats breath smells like cat food...

  • March 8, 2006, 7 p.m. CST

    A movie about Robin Quivers?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Hoo hoo.

  • March 8, 2006, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by moondoggy2u

    You are quite correct, Fenario--I have neither the time nor desire to read every single novel that comes down the pike. As for whom I ask for a quick synopsis, I believe that is my decision to make. I didnt ask, nor need, your citicism. People like you always seem to want to cut others down simply to make themselves superior. Oh, and as for teaching my students subtlety, I have learned the honest, less snarky ways work best. Games of diction are best left to those immature enough to play them.

  • March 8, 2006, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by MachinaMan

    I'd really like to see a remake of The Black Hole. With some less wooden actors, a bit of gore, and more Maximillian, that movie could kick major ass.

  • March 8, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by moondoggy2u

    You know, this may make me a total waste of space, but i could never sit through it all? I still dont quite understand the ending. Heck, I love sci fi movies, but i could never get through all of the black hole. I watch the first half, or the second, or out of order, but i cant just watch it from beginning to end. Anybody else got the same problem?

  • March 8, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Angry Comic Shop Guy speaks:

    by RossCobretti

    Black Hole is a truly fine graphic novel. It touches on many memories from my teen years. Throw in a sexually transmitted disease that has physical mutation as a symptom (and some of these mutations are hideous, while others are weird in a good/bad way) this story has a vast outreach. The film needs to be set in the 70s or 80s and not be contemporary. If the movie is scripted well, with INTELLIGENT casting, this project will be a triumph. It will have teen cult status written all over it for those teens intelligent enough to grasp its concepts, and will haunt adults. Bring it on.

  • March 8, 2006, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Disney's black hole.

    by ILK

    The one thing I remember most about seeing that as a child was the overture. Yeah. They played an overture in the dark, for several minutes before the film came on. It was the first and last time I've heard an overture at the cinema. It had an impact, and I still love that score. The premise of this new film sounds interesting. Didn't someone do this recently, though? Something similar?

  • March 8, 2006, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by fenario80

  • March 8, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    Chester Brown's YUMMY FUR is to become a film, too

    by beamish13

  • March 8, 2006, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    Are you sure you're not thinking of 2001: A Space Oddysey? That's the one that had the overture in the middle of the film...

  • March 8, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    BLack Hole is shit.

    by OBSD

    It's Dazed and Confused (minus any likable character and humor) meets the awfulness of Claremont's new X-stuff. It's super overrated and the hipster assholes love it. Isn't Gaiman supposed to be turning one of HIS books into a movie? He keeps promising that Stardust, Death and Neverwhere are all being made, with him directing at least one of them. Now he's turning somebody else's graphic novel into a movie? Fuck that noise. Somebody zap his ass with a cattleprod and get him back to work!

  • March 8, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST


    by ILK

    Positive. This was before the film, not an intermission. It was not unheard of in the old days, from what I've been told. But this was the one and only time I experienced it. I remember 2001, but that wasn't an overture, it was intermission music.

  • March 9, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by MachinaMan

    Actually I liked that part best of all because I took it as an inter preation of what the experience of going though a black hole would be like for the human crew. Notice that the scene used, basically, Christian imagery (Heaven and Hell, with Maximillian/Reinhard as Satan 'ruling' over the 'lost' (those individuals transformed into mindless cyborgs by Reinhard). And when all appears lost (I suspect that this mimiced the situation they underwent in the actual black hole, a light appears, which represents 'Heaven', or perhaps 'salvation' represented as a woman (probably Yvette Mimieux) leading the crew from the black hole. Remarkable, heady stuff, and a really beautiful scene to boot. It was a surprisingly bold way (for a Disney film) to things, considering how interpretive it was. Though my biggest question was where they were led to. It appeared to be some planet in eclipse, though it didn't feel like earth to me.

  • March 9, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Black Hole is superb, but Avary ain't

    by somaboy

    Best graphic novel in years, really. But you need a director like David Lynch or Cronenberg to translate it to the screen. I don't think Avary is capable of translating the comic's unique gloomy atmosphere to the screen.

  • March 10, 2006, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Is there going to be a crappy Twist Ending? LOL

    by chien_sale