Universal is releasing a steady flow of featurettes about the making of the Tom Cruise film Oblivion, many of which focus on the unique aspects of crafting a future version of Earth. For the new one, as with some of the other behind the scenes looks at the film, there’s a focus here on the degree to which the film avoided using CG to create the landscapes and scenery that we see in many scenes.
Last week we saw a featurette for Oblivion that followed the crew of Joseph Kosinski‘s film during the first day of shooting in Iceland. This week there’s another that catches up with the production after it has been in the country for a while, and which really focuses on the logistics of shooting in a remote locale. Vague shades of the crafting of Middle-Earth here. Not that Peter Jackson was by any means the first director to take a crew off the grid, but he has set the tone of late as far as documenting the process. Kosinki’s crew seems to be doing good work, however, even with a far more constrained cast. Read More »
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A few years back, Jon Spaihts became popular in Hollywood thanks in part to his still-unproduced sci-fi screenplay Passengers. That led to a gig writing what became Prometheus. Most of us don’t know precisely how Prometheus would have played if Spaihts had been the lone writer on the project; his draft has never been read by many fans. (We can, however, get some idea about Spaihts from The Darkest Hour, which he wrote.)
Now Spaihts has been tapped to write another modern take on a well-known piece of filmed sci-fi. He’ll rewrite the Travis Beacham script for Joseph Kosinski‘s remake of The Black Hole. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
There’s a lot to look at in today’s Sequel Bits, including concept art for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and a bloody new image from The Raid 2: Berandal. Also after the jump:
- Director offers status update and possible title for Tron 3
- John Cusack may be back for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 this summer
- Transformers 4 will shoot in May; is Shia LaBeouf returning?
- Producer says a G.I. Joe / Transformers crossover is “possible”
- Lindsay Lohan parodies herself in a Scary Movie 5 image
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The first track released from the Oblivion score, crafted by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese, was a big layered cake of swelling synth sounds powered by a slow but rising drum beat. The new track is the title tune, which will likely play over the end credits. Like that first track, it features Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør, and is a more upbeat track right off the bat.
This one doesn’t do as much for me, as has the tenor of a lot of end credit songs that are tailored to be broadly appealing. Your mileage may vary, however, so have a listen below — it’ll send a lot of people dancing out of the theater, at the very least, and Sundfør’s voice is quite pretty.
Along with that tune, we’ve a new featurette, on the film’s Sky Towers. (We’ve also embedded one on the Bubble Ship that we hadn’t highlighted before, just to give you more from Joseph Kosinski‘s new film.) Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
If action heroes are your thing, you’re covered this spring. G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s nine-month delay finally comes to an end this weekend, while Joseph Kosinski‘s gorgeous sci-fi adventure Oblivion opens a few weeks later. New spots for both have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.
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Many who watched the trailer for Joseph Kosinski‘s upcoming sci-fi film Oblivion might have had the same lingering question. “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” The aesthetic is certainly similar, but many sci-fi films are. It’s the story that rings a bell. A lone wolf, cleaning up a desolate Earth after the planet was destroyed. Hmm. Wait a minute, it’s the same thing as Wall-E!
Andrew Stanton’s Oscar-winning 2008 Pixar film seems to share a very similar DNA with the upcoming Tom Cruise action film, and YouTube user Giant Mimosas took the visuals from the former and audio of the latter creating an eerily perfect mash-up that’s both funny and clever. Check it out below. Read More »
Universal recently revealed that plans to open Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion early in IMAX theaters has been scuttled, but other plans for the movie are going forward at full speed. Anthony Gonzalez of the electronic/dance band M83 has been recording the score for the film with Joseph Trapanese, and the first track from that effort is now online. Check it out below, and you’ll find that the feeling conveyed by the track is just as big and sweeping as you’d hope.
In addition, we’ve got news of the composer Michael Giacchino working again with Andy and Lana Wachowski. This time he’ll be scoring their new film, Jupiter Ascending. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them in the form of a beautiful mysterious woman in a downed spacecraft. In Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough play two members of a lonely crew mopping up what’s left of Earth decades after a devastating alien attack.
They’re nearing the end of their assignment when Julia (Olga Kurylenko) falls out of the sky, leading Jack (Cruise) to realize that not all is as it seems. And, naturally, that the fate of humanity rests in his hands. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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