Jessica Chastain‘s star continues to rise. The actress shot two films some time ago (The Debt and The Tree of Life) which both saw release this year along with Take Shelter, Wilde Salome, The Help, Texas Killing Fields and Coriolanus. That’s a lot of late-2011 exposure for an actress that was basically an unknown to the public as recently as this past May, even if much of it is only via festival appearances.

She’s also shot roles in The Wettest County in the World and Terrence Malick’s next film, and is set for the film Mama. And now she’s been tapped to co-star with Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski‘s Tron Legacy follow-up Horizons. (Once titled Oblivion.) Read More »


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Briefly: You can probably call this the constant lineup of actresses that will test or be wishlisted for a great many lead female roles over the next year. Variety reports that Joeseph Kosinski is testing Jessica Chastain, Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde for the lead female role opposite Tom Cruise in his latest film. The movie has been called Oblivion, and at once point looked like it would be renamed Horizons. When it moved to Universal from Disney, Oblivion was the title in play once more, but it looks like they’re going back to Horizons for the time being.

Regardless, the plot is the same:”In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.” Karl Gajdusek‘s rewrote William Monahan‘s script, which in turn was based on the original story hatched by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson.

Universal just added one entry to the 2012 Oscar race and two to the 2013 Summer box office bonanza. They just announced that Oliver Stone‘s adaptation of the Don Winslow novel Savages, starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Emile Hirsch, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman and John Travolta (wow), will bow on September 28, 2012, the sequel to the 2010 hit Despicable Me, cleverly called Despicable Me 2 for now, will hit theaters July 3, 2013 and the Joseph Kosinski-directed sci-fi epic Oblivion (which we’ve covered in excruciating detail) starring Tom Cruise will be released July 19, 2013.

Those last two are the first movies to get release dates in the July 2013. Get em while they’re hot!

Joseph Kosinski‘s post-Tron Legacy project, Oblivion, is now a ‘go’ picture. Months after Disney put the movie into turnaround, a PG-13 version of Oblivion now has Tom Cruise signed to take the lead role, “a soldier who’s stuck alone on the planet, repairing the drones that patrol and destroy a savage alien life form. He encounters a beautiful woman who crashes in a craft, and their experience together forces him to question his world view.” Read More »

Directing a movie that makes $400 million has its perks. Joseph Kosinski for example, who directed TRON: Legacy for Disney, had hoped to make his next film, Oblivion, with that studio. They bought the pitch and also snatched him up to make a third Tron as well as The Black Hole. In the end though, Disney felt the subject matter of Oblivion was a bit too raw for their liking and decided to let the project go. But, seeing Kosinski as someone they wanted to keep around, they afforded him the rare option to shop it around.

Apparently now Universal, who was one of the studios interested in the property when it first hit the market, is back in the driver’s seat, hoping to land the script, director and possibly even Tom Cruise to star in the sci-fi romance. Read more about the project, and how it could take the place of Guillermo Del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness, below. Read More »

The last time we heard about Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski‘s film project Oblivion, it was retitled Horizons and was getting a rewrite from Karl Gajdusek, who wrote the Nicolas Cage/Nicole Kidman film Trespass. He stepped in to work on the draft after William Monahan was hired to pen a script based on the graphic novel created by Joseph Kosinski and written by Rex Mundi and illustrated by Andree Wallin.

But now the project is dead at Disney, and may be made elsewhere. What does this mean for the director and Disney? Read More »

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Last year Disney picked up the film rights to Oblivion, the graphic novel that Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski conceived years ago as a sci-fi story in which “a soldier, assigned to patrol a desolate planet, meets a mysterious traveler.” The graphic novel was meant to be the basis for a film, and so far, so good.

Last time we updated on the film The Departed screenwriter William Monahan had been hired to adapt the graphic novel into script form. Now there’s a new writer on board, and the film version has been given a new name: Horizons. Read More »

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Deadline is reporting that Disney has hired William Monahan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Departed, to adapt the graphic novel Oblivion for Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. In addition to The Departed, Monahan has writer credits on Kingdom of Heaven, Body of Lies, Edge of Darkness and the upcoming London Boulevard, which he will make his directorial debut. The “illustrated novel” announced back in February was written by Kosinski with art by Andree Wallin. At Comic-Con, Radical Comics distributed a preview chapter from the upcoming graphic novel. You can see some art from the book after the jump.

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We’ve been following the progress of Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosnski‘s attempt to get his graphic novel Oblivion set up with a studio development deal. Kosinski came up with the story a few years ago, and set it into graphic novel format before trying to get a studio to bite.

Disney was said to be the frontrunner in the dealmaking, and now the Mouse has taken the rights to Oblivion. Where will the project fit into Kosinski’s increasingly crowded slate with the studio? Read More »