William Monahan Writing Adaptation of Joe Kosinski's Oblivion
Wow, big news for Tron Legacy director Joe Kosinski. Deadline is reporting that Disney has hired Oscar winning writer William Monahan (who wrote The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven, Body of Lies, and Edge of Darkness; and is making his directorial debut with London Boulevard) will be writing the adaptation of Oblivion, Kosinski's epic new sci-fi graphic novel series which might be his next project. This is Monahan's first foray into science fiction which should be very exciting, because this looks like an awesomely epic sci-fi project that will benefit greatly from having a script written by someone as brilliant/talented as Monahan.
The project was first announced in 2009, but we posted a first look at some of the artwork from the graphic novel last month and it looks incredible. Deadline doesn't provide any other details, including whether this will indeed by Kosinski's next project, but considering they're getting a very big screenwriter attached this early, I have a feeling it's moving forward very fast. This also seems like it might be a response to the early claims that Tron Legacy's script/story is its weak point, so maybe Disney is trying to find a writer with a lot of merit to work on Kosinski's next feature, since the filmmaker is at least very good with amazing visuals.
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. From the sound of that basic synopsis, combined with this awesome artwork, Oblivion could end up being incredible, and with Monahan on-board as well, I'm very excited to see Kosinski follow-up Tron Legacy with this sci-fi project.