Tron Legacy's Joseph Kosinski Eventually Directing 'Oblivion'
by Alex Billington
July 30, 2009
No, this isn't an adaptation of Bethesda's fantastic video game Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This is an original concept created by filmmaker Joseph Kosinski about a battle-damaged soldier who, assigned to a desolate planet after a court-martial, patrols the bleak landscape in an effort to destroy the last vestiges of a primitive alien race. That piece of art at the top comes from the graphic novel they've also created that will be a tie-in with the movie. We haven't seen much from Kosinski yet, except for this brilliant bit of footage, but I have a feeling he's one of those visionary directors that always pushes the limits of filmmaking on every project.
Kosinski began work on Oblivion when he moved to Los Angeles four years ago, coming up with the concept as something to start a feature directing career. "I was looking to make a science fiction film that I could do on a budget," Kosinski said of the initial concept. "It's grown since then, but it's intended to be a very spare science fiction film, with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes." I'm digging it, that sounds like a really cool early concept to me. Kosinski has signed to direct and will produce along with Radical Publishing principal Barry Levine, filmmaker David Fincher and Anonymous Content's David Morrison.
THR doesn't mention when we might see Oblivion, but I have a feeling it won't be for a long while. Kosinski is starting work on a year of post-production on Tron Legacy, which is slated for release in late 2010. After that, I hope he'll get to Oblivion, but if Tron is a big hit, he could get other offers that he might end up taking before returning to Oblivion. Either way, I hope he does eventually make this, even if it's in 10 years.