- 30 May 2011
- By John Howell
According to Deadline, Tom Cruise has officially joined Universal’s epic new science fiction production Oblivion. Cruise’s last science fiction movie was Spielberg’s War of the Worlds in 2005 (which featured possibly the most idiotic ending to a film he’s ever been involved with). Oblivion is a graphic novel adaptation, to be directed by Joseph Kosinski. Kosinski was responsible for Disney’s excellent Tron sequel, Tron: Legacy.
With a $100 million budget, the novel and film are set in a future in which the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition. The remains of the human race live above the clouds, safe from brutal alien scavengers that rule the ruins below. When a surface drone repairman called Jack discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, they join forces and begin to discover that all they have been told is wrong.
Sounds intriguing and with that kind of budget and Tom Cruise on board it's undoubtedly something to watch out for.
Please though, if any of the people involved are reading this, don't give it a tacked on, unrealistic, completely jarring happy Hollywood ending as with Minority Report and especially War of the Worlds. I've had quite enough of those as it is.
It's too early for a release date or additional casting, but we'll keep you informed.
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