Oblivion

In 2005 Joseph Kosinski began writing a creator-owned graphic novel entitled Oblivion.  Eight years later we get to see his speculative vision on the big screen.   Kosinski has come a long way since then, I can’t imagine that he thought he would be helming a $100 million film of his work when he first started on it.  But a lot has changed in the past eight years.

Kosinski’s career has taken off in recent years moving from creating commercials for video games (Halo 3 and Gears of War) to becoming a  feature film director and producer.  Of course this is the exact path that Ridley Scott took (commercials to big budget features) and it turned out all right for that bloke.

Kosinski’s first feature film effort was the much polarizing Tron: Legacy (I liked it) the sequel to 1982’s Tron.  Universal Studios picked up the rights to his graphic novel and the film was given the green light with Tom Cruise in the staring role.

Here is a synopsis from the official site…

Oblivion starring Tom CruiseJack harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. 

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft.  Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands. 

Oblivion was shot in stunning digital 4k resolution on location across the united states and Iceland.

The overall plot of the film is still very sketchy as there’s no source material to form as a background.  You can scour the web for images from the graphic novel but these images don’t shed any more light on the plot that hasn’t been revealed in the trailer.

Joseph Kosinski appears to be the next hot thing in science fiction directors.  After Oblivion he will be directing Tron 3, a remake of The Black Hole, and Archangels.  Additionally his name is rumored to be in discussion to direct Star Wars Episode VII.

Below is the trailer for Oblivion.  Enjoy.

Oblivion is slated for release on April 19, 2013.  The graphic novel is slated for publication…sometime.

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