Check Out a First Look at Joe Kosinski's Comic/Movie 'Oblivion'
You may have been hearing a bit of industry buzz recently surrounding a project called Oblivion from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski (better known as Joe). Its been getting buzz because after Comic-Con ended, and after Radical Comics debuted a preview book of the Oblivion graphic novel on the showfloor, Kosinski began shopping the project to studios. Deadline says it's likely to end up at Disney (where he's also developing The Black Hole remake) but we'll let you know once all the contracts are signed. To go along with all the buzz, we've got a look at some of the frames from that new preview and it looks absolutely gorgeous.
The project was initially announced by Kosinski in late 2009 but has developed in the last year. Oblivion is science fiction story about a young "battle-damaged" scavenger on a post-apocalyptic Earth who discovers a crashed spacecraft and a beautiful woman inside. It is an original idea conceived by Kosinski and described as "a very spare science fiction film, with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes." Although if you take a look at some of this art, it definitely looks a lot bigger than I was first expecting from his statements.
This artwork comes from a recent comic post on AICN (where you can also look at the entire first chapter):
All artwork removed at the request of NBC Universal. Sorry we had to pull it down! It was fun while it lasted.
Here's a more detailed plot synopsis. Oblivion is a futuristic science fiction love story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where most people live above the clouds, far from the ""inhospitable place" that the surface of Earth has become. An earthbound soldier who repairs drones that patrol and destroy a savage alien race discovers a beautiful woman who crashed in a craft. They take an epic adventure that changes his world view. Oooh, sounds so exciting! At least after looking at this art, I'm absolutely amazed by the visuals that Kosinski, and I honestly can't imagine what it will be like to see this live on the big screen (in 3D, too)!
Although the story was written by Kosinski, as far as we know (from SlashFilm) the art was done by Andree Wallin. Radical will be releasing the graphic novel later this year (you can pre-order it on Amazon). The full book is 128 pages featuring artwork that spans two pages (like a lot of the beautiful examples above). I can certainly see why there's a bidding war over this, as it looks amazing and sounds like it has a good story, too. I haven't even seen Tron Legacy and I already love Kosinski, but that means Tron better be awesome or it'll be quite a let down. However, I definitely think nothing compares to the visuals Kosinski comes up with.
We won't know whether Kosinski will be directing Oblivion or a Tron Legacy sequel or The Black Hole next until Tron hits in December (and either rocks or flops at the box office, I'm guessing the former). Until then, be sure to pick up a copy of the Oblivion graphic novel when it hits and we'll continue to keep you updated.