Joseph Kosinski Oblivion

Briefly: Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rodgers, writers of the upcoming AMC series Halt & Catch Fire, have written a new action-thriller script that now has Oblivion and Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski set to direct. In fact, Kosinski came up with the story, and then had the screenwriting pair flesh out the script. (Similar to the manner in which Oblivion was developed.) Read More »


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Joseph Kosinski got a lot of attention with Tron Legacy and then took Tom Cruise into the future with Oblivion. He has been developing a remake of Disney’s The Black Hole, among other films, but now he’s signed on to a Warner Bros. picture that has been in development for a while.

Kosinski is in talks to direct The Twilight Zone, based on the influential television show created by Rod Serling in 1959.  Read More »

Boondock Saints II All Saints Day

We’re sure to have tons of sequel-related news coming up later this week from Comic-Con, but in the meantime we have a bunch of other, non-SDCC news to share with you. After the jump:

  • Troy Duffy is cooking up more Boondock Saints
  • Joseph Kosinski offers a minor update on Tron 3
  • Chinese superstar Han Geng joins Transformers 4
  • The Veronica Mars movie is getting book sequels
  • Dumb and Dumber To gets embroiled in a lawsuit
  • Mel Gibson is in Expendables 3, says Sly Stallone
  • Watch another trailer for Disney’s Cars spinoff Planes

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Joseph Kosinski Oblivion

Walking out of Oblivion, you’ll probably have a few questions. Not plot questions, mind you. Director Joseph Kosinski makes what happens in the movie very clear. The questions are more about the director’s process. His mindset. Was Kosinski deliberatly echoing sci-fi films of the past? How much input did uncredited screenwriter Michael Arndt (Star Wars Episode VII) have? How did he pull off some of the film’s seamless visual effects? Did changing studios alter the movie? Is he offended by the Wall-E comparisons? Has he started thinking sequel? And which Disney property is next for the director, Tron 3 or The Black Hole?

Luckily, Kosinski was kind enough to give /Film a few minutes on the Universal Studios Backlot the week before the film’s opening to answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Check it out below. Read More »

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The Matrix. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Independence Day. Star Wars. Wall-E. If you know and like those movies (and at least one more we won’t mention to avoid spoiling anything) you’re going to find Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion incredibly familiar. The filmmaker’s second film directly references and was indirectly influenced by a plethora of classic films, giving his “original” story a not-so-original feel. It’s almost as if Kosinski’s love of sci-fi was so big, he simply had to stuff it all into one big movie.

Yet even with those influences bursting from its seams, Oblivion is a delight. It is a gorgeous, exciting and satisfying film filled with beautiful visuals, eye-popping action and confident storytelling.

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AMC is already a favorite TV destination thanks to shows such as Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Men, and now the channel is getting an intriguing new project that has the potential to draw more of a genre audience. Ballistic City is a “futuristic drama” directed and exec produced by Oblivion and Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and written and exec produced by Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham.

The show is being called “Blade Runner meets Battlestar Galactica” and takes place in the criminal population of a ship cruising through deep space. Read More »

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Oblivion Vinyl Cover

Mondo, best known for being the limited edition poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse, is well on its way to becoming a big limited edition vinyl boutique as well. It has only released a handful of scores so far, but more are coming and each has been more beautiful than the last. The biggest release so far was last month’s Drive release with hot pink vinyl and artwork by Tyler Stout.

Next up is their first new release, the score for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion. Much like Kosinski did with his first film, Tron: Legacy, he employed a very talented, but very non-traditional composer for his sci-fi film: Anthony Gonzalez of M83. Gonzalez, along with Joseph Trapanese (who worked on Legacy, The Raid: Redemption and more) has created a unique, exciting and pulse-pumping score combining electronics and orchestra. It’s score that you’ll soon be able to pick up on vinyl the gorgeous artwork of Killian Eng thanks to Mondo. Check it out below. Read More »

Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion

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 »

The Black Hole

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 »