Joseph Kosinski

‘TRON 3’? It’s Dead, Jim.

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The Grid giveth and the Grid taketh away. Things were looking up so high for TRON 3, its cast was coming together, a director was onboard, and a start date was set with studio space booked in Vancouver, the stage that hosted TRON: Legacy. Joseph Kosinski was going to direct, Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund were going to reprise their Legacy roles, and with a little bit of good luck, Daft Punk was going to lay down some funky beats for the soundtrack. But no, just as quickly as TRON 3 became a thing, it’s now not a thing, and instead Disney will put its efforts into something probably either Star Wars or Marvel related. So what happened? (more…)

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TRON 3. No, wait! Don’t run away! Look, I think many us might concede that TRON: Legacy was a bit of a disappointment; 18 years of hype will do that. You may recall that at the time there were all these great expectations about TRON becoming Disney‘s next great franchise: movie trilogies, animated series, theme park rides, video games and merch, merch more. However, that’s not how it all turned out, and since those early days following TRON: Legacy‘s release in December 2010, the idea of a third TRON has been more or less speculative as opposed to being something in actual development. But is that about to change? Film location insiders in Vancouver are saying, it might be. (more…)

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With just two movies under his belt, Joseph Kosinski is already fast becoming a well-known fixture in the sci-fi directing world.  Oblivion was just released (which I regret I have not seen yet…) and he was also responsible for the (extremely underrated!) Tron: Legacy.  He’s even been hard at work trying to get together a remake of the 1979 sci-fi flick, The Black Hole.  Now, it looks like he may be jumping on another big-name property and taking on the challenge of directing a new installment in The Twilight Zone.

First created in 1959 by super-genius and suspense guru Rod Serling, attempts to use The Twilight Zone name in the past have been rather mediocre.  But Warner Bros. is still trying to bring some new stories to the old franchise and they may be hiring on Kosinski to bring the vision to life.  He’s still in talks, so nothing is set in stone, but there is, in my opinion, some potential here.

I for one would like to see how Kosinski treats the property and whether he can create something worth of the Rod Serling heritage.  What do the folks out in Nerd Reader-land think about this?  Does this guy have the talent to pull it off?

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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In 1982, there was a quaint little Disney film by the name of Tron.  It captured the imaginations of many during its time and created more than a few long-standing fans.  More than 25 years later, in 2010, Disney sought to capitalize off this and put out a sequel called Tron: Legacy.  They even did a single-season animated Tron series on television.  And now, the rumors surrounding a possible third Tron flick look to be a little more solid.  Check it out after the jump…

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The short answer is maybe. Back in January, Universal Pictures announced that Jurassic Park 4 was moving forward with a 2014 release date, which, working backwards, would mean that the film would have to go into production sometime this summer. But there’s still no word on who might be directing the film, and this even though there’s a “Now Hiring” sign outside the JP4 offices for everything on the side of either cast or crew.

So what’s the skinny? Is there some kind of big secret that prevents Universal from naming a director till they can cash in the news for maximum effect? And it must be a doozy if the studio feels confident enough that it can recruit top talent without naming a director.

According to HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny, those members of the crew hired to help bring this new Jurassic Park to life are being brought on without being told who they’re working for. McWeeney posits that Universal must be in negotiations with someone pretty high-profile to take the director’s chair, and he’s putting his money on Oblivion and TRON Legacy filmmaker Joseph Kosinski. But what if its even bigger than that? What if the big director being negotiated with is none other than Steven Spielberg?

Exhibit A: Spielberg’s always been close to the franchise, pushing for the development of a fourth film he though he stepped away from the director’s role after The Lost World. Exhibit B: Spielberg’s next project Robopocalypse has been delayed till the script issues have been resolved, and the only other project on his radar is the Tintin sequel, which Peter Jackson, not Spielberg, will be directing. It’s possible that Spielberg has the room in his schedule now and willingness to bang out a Jurassic Park sequel.

So when will we know? Well, the 3-D version of Jurassic Park comes out in theaters on April 5, so maybe Universal will time their announcement for maximum impact.

More news as it develops.

Source: Cinema Blend

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The International trailer is out for Joseph Kosinski‘s (Tron Legacy) new scifi epic Oblivion starring Tom Cruise. We’re getting a little better look down this scifi rabbit hole. The tone of action in this trailer is a bit more intense then the last one, which seemed to key more on Cruise’s characters confusion. There’s an interesting block of text that appears after the video ends which says:

A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveller causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission and himself.

Which is considerably different to the earlier tag text from the first trailer:

On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

What do you think so far? I’m planning to check out this movie at the theater and from all I’ve seen so far it looks like a fun movie. It’s certainly nothing like fellow Scientologist John Travolta‘s Battlefield Earth boondoggle.

Oblivion opens in theaters everywhere April 19th with early screenings in IMAX starting April 12th. (That’s another new Hollywood trend, premiering the movie in the more expensive IMAX form at an earlier date to boost opening revenue.)

Joining Cruise are Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo

Via: Comingsoon

Tom Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’ Gets A New TV Spot

A new television spot for Oblivion has hit the Internet. Director Joseph Kosinski and star Tom Cruise plan to take us on a sci-fi, action packed, psychological roller coaster thrill ride of a movie. At least that’s what the official movie site says.

Jack 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.

The set and design of the movie look fantastic. The juxtaposition of clean high tech against the dirty, dark background of a devastated Earth is a powerful visual medium.

The TV spot focuses on the title character Jack (Cruise) whose eyes are about to be opened to the hidden truth about the war and it’s consequences.

Oblivion stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo. The movie hits theater screens on April 19th.

Via: comicbookmovie

A lot of people are anticipating the release of director Joseph Kosinski’s (Tron: Legacy) new sci-fi project, Oblivion.  With just a few months to go, the first trailer for the film has been released and IGN Rewind Theater has gone one further by giving Kosinski a chance to talk about the images we see in it.

Check out the video and see what you think:

Well, I can’t say much for the skill of the interviewer (who seemed to be high the entire time), but the movie looks pretty and interesting if nothing else.

And in case you don’t know anything about the story, here’s the official synopsis:

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Jack 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.

Look for Oblivion to release in April of 2013.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.

The ‘Oblivion’ Trailer – Now With Commentary

With it’s chin-stroke worthy premise and backing of Scientology icon Tom Cruise, Sci-Fi film Oblivion is on the fast track to being one of 2013’s most visually impressive and interesting films. I can’t believe I just used the words “impressive” and “interesting” in the same sentence as Tom Cruise. This really must be the end of times…

Just recently director Guillermo del Toro offered a commentary track to the trailer of Pacific Rim. Following this trailer-commentary trend, is Joseph Kosinski.

Jim Vejvoda of IGN sat down with the Oblivion director for a scene by scene breakdown of the trailer; picking his brain for as much information as Kosinski would let out. The pair discuss everything from location of the film and it’s Northeast United States setting, to coy details on Jack Harper’s background and the “Scavs”.

What’s interesting is Kosinski’s inclusion of setting the film 60 years after an alien war on the planet, and the repercussions it held long after the war has ended. It’s rather intriguing.  Check it out below:

Unlike most Sci-Fi films that capture audience’s attention with over the top action and visual effects, Oblivion seems to be able to blend action and substance seamlessly and effectively.

As long as Universal Pictures and Kosinski can keep the momentum going, Oblivion could very well be one of the next big hits for Tom and science-fiction fans.

Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is in theaters everywhere April 19th, 2013 with exclusive showings on IMAX starting April 12th, 2013.

Source: Collider

 

Most have heard by now that the Tron franchise is getting yet another installment.  Tron: Legacy, while it may not have measured up to the strict expectations of many old school fans, did manage to make its fair share of cash and bring a pretty entertaining story.  The third in the franchise, Tron 3 for lack of a working title, is currently in the scriptwriting stages.  Legacy director Joseph Kosinski will be back to try his hands at this one as well, or at least as long as the idea is right, says he.

When asked about this project, Kosinski had this to say to Collider:

Well the only reason to go back, for me and I think for anyone involved would be if we could do something truly spectacular.  We’ve been talking about it for a couple years and there’s always been this idea, a big idea, in the back of my head that we’ve been talking about.  The idea itself, the notion of what the next Tron could be, is exciting enough that it would be worth going back to do it.  Obviously we hinted some things at the end of Legacy, it’s kind of there for people to see what that potential is. So we just want to make sure that we have a script that delivers on that promise on an epic scale.

I’ve said it would have to be our Empire Strikes Back for me to come back and for me to pull the whole team back together.  I think we do have that idea.  We do have the idea that feels big and really blows the doors off this franchise.  It’s hinted at promises of something for two movies now, for thirty years, so it’s time to deliver on that.  But the script’s got to be at a level that makes it worth going back for, because it’s a lot of work to make a movie like this and it’s a multi-year project.  So we’ve got our writer Jesse Wigutow on it right now writing, and fingers crossed if it all comes together, as we hope it will, there could be another Tron in the next few years, and it’s going to be awesome.

So there are still some conditions as to whether it will even get made or not, but at least it sounds hopeful.  Currently finishing up on Oblivion, Kosinski had a few more things to say regarding how soon he might be able to start on the new Tron project:

There is certainly a chance, like I said; we’re writing the script now.  Sometimes with these things all the pieces fall into place.  I mean, we’ve been talking about this for years and we don’t have the script now, but sometimes things fall into place very quickly, and if everything lines up it could happen.  That’s all I can say, it’s too early.

Personally, I’m glad to hear they’re taking their time on this one and that Kosinski seems dedicated to getting it right.  As long as he learned a few lessons from making Tron: Legacy and can clean up some of the stuff that went wrong there, we could be looking at the kick-ass Tron flick that geeks were crossing their fingers for when the second movie arrived.

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.