William Monahan Writing Adaptation of Joe Kosinski's Oblivion

September 10, 2010
Source: Deadline

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.

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I think that's the first negative thing I've heard you say about Tron. I hope you're wrong so I don't have to listen to another year of people saying "the effects were good, but the story blew" like I've went through defending Avatar.

peloquin on Sep 10, 2010


Well this is good news, Monahan did wonders with KoH, and The Departed was a good read, and Body of Lies while problematic I we'll see what he brings us. Peloquin...Avatar had a bad story man, great effects of course, but lacking in the story department. I know I'm beating a dead horse...but the story did blow.

Xerxex on Sep 10, 2010


the script sounds like "the fifth element" with bruce willis and milla jovovich

qweqwu on Sep 11, 2010


Sounds awesome.

Craig on Sep 11, 2010


When does the graphic novel come out?

Dan W on Sep 11, 2010


It also sounds very similar to Astro Boy's story line except with the male and female roles reversed. It even has the floating City in the clouds. I love Kosinski's work. His visuals are truly amazing, but I wish he would put his talents to use on something truly fresh and original.

Shadowman25 on Sep 11, 2010


@shadowman: "His visuals are truly amazing, but I wish he would put his talents to use on something truly fresh and original." .........this is original in its own way, he wrote it, he created it..........

jmack on Sep 12, 2010

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