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.
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
I'm diggin it! IMDB needs to change the release date on TRON LEGACY cause they have it slated for 2011.
esophus on Jul 30, 2009
Alex keep us updated on this if you please...oh and on Tron as well!
Xerxex on Jul 30, 2009
Be careful on original, nothing seem to be.
Tra la la la la di da on Jul 30, 2009
After LOTR and now World of Warcraft, what's the point of making an Oblivion film??? It's basically the exact same thing.
Leo on Jul 30, 2009
Please avoid doing something too similar to Avatar movie! story must have something special to get the right attention.
flybot4 on Jul 31, 2009
This is all news to me I had know idea Oblivion was in the pipeline.
Gary on Jul 31, 2009
@#4 Read the fucking article. Jeezus.
bozoconnors on Jul 31, 2009
#4 how could you not read the 1st sentence, Jesus...
Kris on Jul 31, 2009
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