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Tom Cruise Joins Joseph Kosinski's OBLIVION!

Nordling here.

Deadline is reporting today that Tom Cruise will star in Joseph Kosinski's OBLIVION, a science fiction epic that sound pretty intriguing, based on the story.  OBLIVION's premise (based on the graphic novel, which was written by Kosinski to pitch to various studios) is that Earth is now virtually uninhabitable, with the remaining population living above the clouds.  Cruise will play a stranded soldier on the blasted surface who comes across another stranded woman in a crashed spaceship, and together they learn their collective fate and their own connected past.  I read the synopsis on Amazon for the graphic novel, and it sounds fairly spoilerish, so I only vaguely described the plot.

OBLIVION was going to be a Disney release, but the studio decided not to go ahead with it, as Kosinski's vision for the film was darker than Disney was willing to go.  The film's been budgeted at $100 million, and I'm very happy that this story seems to be based on an pretty original idea.  This sounds like Big Idea science fiction, and although my feelings about TRON: LEGACY are well known, if Kosinski cuts loose in a world of his own design I see the potential for an amazing film here.  With the new Brad Bird MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film, ROCK OF AGES, and this, Cruise looks to be coming back to the screen with pretty interesting films.  It's unfortunate that AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS couldn't happen with him as the lead, but this sounds pretty good on its own.

Nordling, out.

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  • May 20, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Well what do you know. First!

    by TheDrow

    Just for the hell of it.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm doesn't sound too bad.

    by TheDrow

    This could be interesting depending on how they do with the look of it. It'd be nice to see Cruise in something good again. I have to say though when I first saw the name I thought they were making a movie out of the game. lol

  • May 20, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    in a time when tom cruise is

    by slickerynodes

    sam rockwell!

  • May 20, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    kosinski lost his credit with me on Tron

    by D o o d

    but I have to say, this does sound interesting!

  • May 20, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise = Box Office POISON.

    by IronEagle74


  • May 20, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Let me get this right.

    by hallmitchell

    At the mountains of madness had James Cameron as producer, G.D.Toro as director, Tom Cruise in the lead and CAN'T GET UP!

  • May 20, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise needed to start making very interesting movies.

    by hallmitchell

    Because his career was about to do a Kevin Costner.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by TheDrow

    Ahh Costner.... how we miss you..... Hmmm nope. Over it. LOL

  • May 20, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    To quote Max Von Sydow when he talked to William Dafoe about his owrk in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST: Welcome to the club of a selected few (Sydow also played Jesus in THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD). And as a first time myself, i say, welcome to the club. You are now a first, and nobody can ever take that form you. Congratalations.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    kosinski gained his credit with me on Tron

    by AsimovLives

    And this story sound promising. Is Tom Cruise now what Charlton Heston was in the late 60s/early 70s, a star obsessed in making dystopian SF movies? It can be a good thing.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by TheDrow

    Awww now I almost feel special. Seriously though what I want to see is someone take any one of Orson Scott Card or Timothy Zahns books and turn them into a movie. Now there's something I'd get excited about.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    TRON:LEGACY does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I know nothing about Oblivion but I did finally see TRON LEGACY on blu last week... And I can't exactly say Kosinski gained credit with me.. or lost his credit either. I thought it was a 'fairly good' movie, no more no less. Sometimes not having much of an opinion is a genuine opinion!

  • May 20, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    What's to be excited about M:I4?

    by Happyfat73

    Two words – Brad. Bird. That man knows storytelling as good as anyone in the business.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Asi, did you know Bale also played Jesus? (use that google thing if you disbelieve!) I think the best on-screen Jesus has to go to the JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR guy though, only the one true lord can hit the high notes.

  • May 20, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Hey, that could be good . . . except for the

    by kabong

  • Sorry for the bad post above. I got excited about trashing TC and hit the wrong key.

  • May 20, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Sounds covoluted

    by jimmy_009

    Based off the Amazon description, it sounds like a story train wreck. I like the idea of pitching ideas that way and the art is great.

  • May 20, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Star Trek episode the Cloud Minders...

    by blackmantis

    Hopefully it's better than Tron Smegmacy.

  • May 20, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    A bit convoluted, but...

    by blackwood

    more or less original. It sounds interesting. I am a huge fan of threatening alien geometric shapes and wish there were more films about them.

  • May 20, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    god the writing on this site sucks....

    by Billy_D_Williams

    first Nordling says Tom Cruise will star in this movie, but then later says: "OBLIVION was going to be a Disney release, but the studio decided not to go ahead with it, as Kosinski's vision for the film was darker than Disney was willing to go. " but he never finishes that train of thought..if Disney dumped it, why is it being made and who is now making it??? Some basic information would be nice. you could argue its all in the source article, but why even bother giving us that bit of Disney info if you're not going to take that piece of information to its logical conclusion based on the statement in the first sentence?

  • May 20, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    oh and Kosinski sucks

    by Billy_D_Williams

    guy with no real innate storytelling ability, just films pretty pictures, like most music video/commercial directors who have no business making cinema

  • May 20, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST


    by BookhouseBoy

    Thought we were getting an Elder Scrolls movie!

  • May 20, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I doubt the 'dark'angle was why Disney passed on this...

    by justmyluck

    As previously reported, it was likely the huge budget (and the marketing pitch, "From the director of TRON: Legacy").

  • May 20, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    tom cruise believes...

    by emeraldboy

    in aliens. that is why he is doing it....

  • May 20, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by Ultraman2000

    Sounds like travelogue sci-fi. You know the kind of film I mean--the one in which pretty pictures are supported by logic-defying science. Like the floating rock islands in Avatar.

  • May 20, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Speaking of "dark", anyone see The Road with Viggo?

    by DoctorWho?

    Holy shit, that was most grim, depressing film I may have ever seen. I saw it over a week ago and I'm still contemplating suicide. <p> Well done film (and Charleze was amazing in her brief role...pure sadnesss) and a truthful and bleak look at human nature when the shit truly hits the fan.

  • May 20, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Welcome Back Tom

    by PvtTOUCH

    I grew up on his films, almost all of them good/great. Its unfortunate that the media shredded his career after the oprah couch/scientology scandals of 05'. C'mon the guy didn't rape anyone, make racist remarks, or get so cracked out he woke up in a stranger's lawn. He didn't deserve the negative press and its a shame a lot of young people don't like him because it's not cool to. If Knight and Day came out in 2000 it woulda did 200mil easy. I hope his career gets a shot of adrenaline with these upcoming films.

  • May 20, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Viva la Cruise!

    by kufirst

  • ...I find the concept of little interest. As for Kosinski, who knows...that jury is still out.

  • May 20, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Glad you enjoyed (if one can say that) that film. Did you read the book?

  • Nice try Kosinski!!

  • May 20, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember THE AERIALIST by Matt Wagner?

    by MooseMalloy

  • May 20, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Cannot wait LEGACY was phenomenal... CRUISE is back...

    by KHjLL

  • May 20, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    not that he was ever gone...

    by KHjLL

  • May 20, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    But loving the films he's been chosing of late...

    by KHjLL

  • May 20, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    THE SHARK 3rd milf in THE HUSTLER tgyolirt...

    by KHjLL

  • May 20, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    milf :) ment imlf

    by KHjLL

  • May 20, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    He'd be better off in Morrowind...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...or waiting for Skyrim. Oblivion was a bit meh.

  • May 21, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Sounds like Enemy Mine... with tits.

    by Ironhelix

  • May 21, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST


    by BookhouseBoy

    Roll on november!!!

  • May 21, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Hope they hire a real director.

    by Flip63Hole

    Joseph Kosinski isn't a director, not sure he's even a storyteller. Tron Legacy was a great marketing machine and it had effects and actors in it, but I've seen one minute television commercials that were more compelling. Thought I never even finished Legacy. By the second or third mindless action scene I ended up turning it off. Sad to see such a wasted opportunity...

  • May 21, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    never got the Tom Cruise hate...

    by MariusXe

    Most movies I have seen him I enjoyed a lot! I really loved MI:3, Vanilla Sky, Last samurai, War of the Worlds, Collateral, liked Valkyre, MI, Minority Report and a lot of his 80s stuff. Sure, he may be an ass in his personal life, but I really dig him in movies. Hes a classic superstar leading man and in my opinion the last of his kind.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    of course, if this fails

    by ragingfluff

    people will write headlines like "cruise's career headed for oblivion'

  • May 21, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    When was the last time Cruise played a Human Being?

    by Hellstrom

    Eyes Wide Shut? To some extent...War of the Worlds? He needs to do something at this point in his career that is daring, or shattering, or strips away that veneer...

  • May 21, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    backlash:oblivion 2 will be even better

    by Anakin_Piecocker

  • May 21, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    So the world is ruled by Lando Calrissian?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I need to check this out.

  • May 21, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Cruise Hate

    by HughHoyland

    I never got it either. T.C. has stared in some freakin awsome movies over his long and succesful career. Okay maybe a few of them havent been masterpieces. But Ive never seen the man give less than a 100% into any performance hes done, even in the supposed "clunkers". Remember that a lie told often enough can become "truth" if pushed hard enough. Its really about perception. This movie sounds interesting to me. And yeah it seems like in his later career he's gravitated more towards Sc-fi type themes. And for a Sci-fi fan like myself I love it. And his career does have similarities to Charlton Hestons. Heston was also considered a handsome leading man early on. But in his later years moved into more esoteric rolls and stared in some of the most classic Sci-fi epics ever made. Planet of the Apes, The omega Man, Soylent Green...

  • May 21, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I like Tom Cruise

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Always very watchable, and sometimes absolutely brilliant - Born On The Forth Of July, Magnolia, and even Tropic Thunder. He's totally fuitloops, of course, but by all accounts a kind and generous man. More power him. As someone above said, last of the great movie stars.

  • May 21, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    "Together they learn their collective fate"

    by Gabe Athouse

    Whatever the fuck that means. Don't try to be fancy, shirtbird, until you've actually mastered the language, mmkay?

  • May 21, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    starring tom cruise= pass.

    by vulturess

    I. WANT. THE. PASS!!!!!!.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Tom cruise is in this? I'm out.

    by DonkeyBalls

    I'm not interested in anything that douchebag does.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by DoctorWho?

    No, I didn't read the book. How was it? Did they address the nature of the cataclysm? All I know is that film left an imprint if you know what I mean. There are some movies I wouldn't say I "enjoyed"... yet have such an undeniable affect on one that you have to acknowledge and respect them as powerful works. Bertlucci's 1900 comes to mind.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    If they change Tom's character to Les Grossman

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    I'm all for it.

  • Just sayin :)

  • Cruise wanted to see Kosinski's work before signing on the dotted line for "Oblivion".

  • Cruise wanted to see Kosinski's work before signing on the dotted line for "Oblivion".

  • May 22, 2011, 3:02 a.m. CST


    by Herman

    Your parents abused you as a child. Today, you hate life. Forget about films. It was never your forte. GET LOST !

  • May 22, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    once in awhile...

    by droids22

    The last time I was excited I just got done seeing the first shrek film. It's pretty rare that anything original and awe inspiring is going to show up. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

  • May 22, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Tom Ruse the secret homo

    by Nabster

    If he just admitted he was a homo people would like him.

  • May 22, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Nordling. I couldn't give a rat's ass about your opinion.

    by JudasPriestly

    And the regulars' opinion isn't the majority. Just a bunch of bunch of bitchers.

  • May 22, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Obilivious...with Tom "The Tool" Cruise

    by Arcangel2020

    Sorry, but as soon as I read the plot synopsis and then hearing that Tom "Still A Huge Human Tool" Cruise was going to "star" in it? It lost me....yet another film where in the future the Earth has suffered a worldwide catastrophe/post apocolypse...main character is "alone" only to come across another person among the ruined earth/civilization that was once mankind...sounds a lot like that total piece of crap that was called "I am Legend" with Tom's buddy Will Smith (I had such high hopes for that film, only to watch it and be utterly disappointed and wanting my money and the time in my life back I spent sitting in the theater it was so bad!) Tom Cruise playing a stranded soldier in this one? Sorry, I don't buy it....I barely found it plausible that he portrayed such charactertypes in "The Last Samurai" and "Valkrie". I am sure that when this film does indeed come out? We the masses with be subjected to this ass's Scientology dribble and fake humbleness and utter tool-like ramblings like back in the day when he was out of control jumping on couches, supposedly saving fans from danger and berating women with post-partum depression issues from taking anti-depressants. Another thing I find a bit funny....didn't Tom Cruise supposedly take over United Artist studios? When was the last time that studio produced a good, decent or even terrific film with him in charge? Yeahhhhh...exactly....Tom "The Human Tool" Cruise needs to just go away and stop trying to make movies that he thinks people care about any more....most of us don't

  • May 22, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise hate...

    by Hipshot

    Is certainly partially about Scientology, since so many of the haters just happen to mention it. Lot of contempt for that group. So he jumped on Oprah's couch? So friggin' what? I remember watching the stunt outtakes on MI2 and thinking WTF? I'd never seen an actor just suddenly develop the ability to do stunts like that. He'd never done that stuff before, and suddenly he's doing complex gymnastics? Hell, if that has anything at all to do with Scientology, I'm checking that shit out.