Tom Cruise Confirmed for Universal's $100 Million Sci-Fi 'Horizons'
After backing out of Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness with Tom Cruise attached, you would think Universal Pictures would be leery of another big budget film with the same star, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Deadline reports Cruise is now officially confirmed to star in Joseph Kosinski's Horizons, the project formerly known as Oblivion which is an adaptation of the director's comic book of the same name. We heard Cruise was attached to the project when Universal picked it up last month, but we weren't holding our breath for it to actually happen. Now we're happy it's coming together.
What's most surprising is that Universal is willing to throw $100 million at the project to shoot this fall when there's no published comic book yet, and it seems almost as risky as their canceled adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness. Anyway, the story (in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds above an earth surface that has been rendered uninhabitable) will have Cruise as a soldier assigned to patrol a desolate planet who meets a mysterious traveler - a beautiful woman who crashed in a nearby spacecraft, and together they go on an adventure that forces him to question his world view. This is the kind of project I really love seeing Cruise take on, and with Kosinski behind the camera with source material he crafted himself, I'm really looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Here's hoping Universal doesn't mess it up. What do you think