Universal Picks Up Joe Kosinski's Sci-Fi 'Horizons' with Tom Cruise
Looks like some bad news for Joseph Kosinski today. While normally it should be a momentous occasion to hear a project get picked up, THR reports that it's Universal, of all places, that ended up winning the fight to distribute Tron Legacy director Joe Kosinski's next epic sci-fi movie. The project was originally known as Oblivion, now known as Horizons, and was being pitched by Kosinski as a comic book, which is where most of the imagery above comes from. Disney then dumped the project a few weeks ago because it's too gritty of a PG-13 action flick for the them. But the best news of all - Tom Cruise is already attached to star!
Wait - when did Tom Cruise get involved with this?! Universal recently killed off At the Mountains of Madness with Cruise because it had an R-rating, so I'm willing to be Universal is simply interested in this because of its PG-13 rating. But I'm willing to bet things are going to get a bit messy once they actually get a closer look at the budget and concept behind Horizons and how much it'll take to pull it off. To be frank, with the way Universal is acting right now, this is the last studio that I would expect to see taking a risk developing a high concept sci-fi like this. The story centers on 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. Boring synopsis, but it's the best we've got.
Apparently Kosinski is pushing this hard to be his next movie, aiming to start shooting in October with Cruise. Horizons, with a script by William Monahan and Karl Gadjusek, was created by Kosinski who partnered with Radical Pictures for the comic first. Deadline also chimes in on the news, adding that "the deal [with Universal] hinges on Kosinski's ability to bring in the film at around the $100 million mark. Cruise doesn't have a deal at this point, but they are talking." So Cruise isn't attached, but once he gets involved and Kosinski starts talking money, I'm betting Universal is going to get wet feet again, like almost always. Let's hope this doesn't ruin the project, because otherwise, I was pretty damn excited to see Kosinski's sophomore feature. And if he can get Tom Cruise back into more sci-fi, even better! Thoughts?