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
News that the release date has been moved up one week for Fede Alverez‘s remake of Sam Rami‘s 1981 cult horror movie Evil Dead was brought to us by none other than the original star and producer of the remake, Bruce Campbell. You can check out Campbell’s tweet below, his usual flair and style come through, even with only 142 characters to work with.
Why would they really move the movie forward a week? Was there some wellspring of demand, or was this just a dollars and cents decision? Let’s take a look at what else is releasing April 12th:
There are a couple more movies, but nothing in the class of Oblivion, Scary Movie 5, and Dark Circles.That sets the stage, a major tent pole star Tom Cruise movie that also garners the Sci-Fi crowd, A long running comedy horror franchise movie and another horror movie.
Now let’s take a look at what’s coming out April 5th:
Wow, the biggest thing is a 3D re-release of a 1993 hit movie. No other horror movies, no big tent pole actor movies, nothing to get in anyone’s field of vision while stepping up to the box office window to buy tickets. This may be the Hollywood-Smart-Move-of-the-Month. Those are few and far between my friends, few and far between.
I’m going to recommend this movie not for it’s delightful comedic horror and special effects. I’m going to recommend it to you because we should support people in Hollywood making decisions that make sense. Now if only we could get one of two of those people to work at Cartoon Network . . .
Mark your calender, April 5th, Evil Dead.
OH, here’s the trailer, if you haven’t already seen it a bazillion times already.
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.
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.
12-14-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Joseph Kosinski‘s got a lot of good will, not necessarily from how TRON Legacy turned out, but because he’s one of the few Hollywood directors that’s pushing legitimately visionary sci-fi. But has he gone off the rails a bit? In talking to MTV, Kosinski was asked about his upcoming new film Oblivion, and in progress made a pretty interesting comparison between his movie and other properties.
“I started writing this small character-driven science fiction story that was in the vein of those science fiction films of the 1970s that involved this lone survivor among the ruins of civilization, like ‘Mega Man’ or ‘Silent Running’ it was kind of in that vein. I thought if it was going to be my first movie it would have to be something very small and contained in order to even get a chance at pulling it off. So it’s the story of a drill repair man, Jack Harper, who is one of the last human beings left on earth after a massive war, which was the result of an alien invasion. Even though humankind won the war, Earth was left in such a state that we had to look for another place to settle, and Jack is left behind to monitor and secure the resource gathering operation that’s happening where we’re gathering the last bit of energy out of the earth’s seawater in order to move onto the next step.”
Kosinski also talked about the graphic novel inspiration for the film:
“That was the original treatment, the story. At the time I was ready to turn it into a screenplay, WGA went on strike and we couldn’t actually hire a screenwriter to work on a screenplay at that point. So in order to keep the process moving forward I teamed up with Radical Comics to develop and illustrate a novel in parallel based on this story. And we did that over a couple years, and then I got pulled into ‘Tron,’ which was a couple years, and as ‘Tron’ was in post [production] I had enough between the story and the illustrations I had done with Andre, the artist, I had enough of a package to go out and set the project up at a studio which is what I did. And then I went into feature mode so, we never actually finished the graphic novel because once it got picked up I realized that the way I wanted this story to be experienced was on the big screen and not out of the book.”
And he also talked about how he convinced leading man (and sci-fi mainstay) Tom Cruise to sign up for the film:
“It was our final Comic-Con for ‘Tron,’ and while I was showing the big Comic-Con trailer and we were doing our big song and dance for ‘Tron: Legacy,’ I was also launching an ashcan for ‘Oblivion’ which was just kind of like an introductory chapter with eight images at the Radical [Comics] booth. And the day after I got back from Comic-Con, I got a call from Tom’s agent saying that Tom had seen the ashcan and wanted to meet me and talk to me about it. I went over and met him at his hanger and I pitched him the full story ’cause he had just read that introductory beat there wasn’t a script at that point it was a story in my head. And I pitched him the whole story over about two hours and at the end of the meeting he said, ‘Let’s do this. I want to do this. I want to do this movie with you.’ … The role fits him like a glove. I just can’t imagine anyone else playing this character.”
Oblivion, starring Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leowill be in IMAX theaters on April 12 and regular theaters on April 19.
The official trailer for Tom Cruise‘s Oblivion won’t hit the Internet until Monday, but there is a subtitled version already sneaking it’s way out to the net. I’d not given a lot of attention to this movie, but that will change after watching the trailer.
I’m not sure what the heck is going on in Oblivion, but Tom does a lot of running away from things so I’m all in.
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 traveler causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.
Oblivion hits theater screens April 19th, 2013 with Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) directing and stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Zoe Bell .
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
11-14-12 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Anxious to see All You Need Is Kill, the Doug Liman adaptation of the Japanese graphic novel of the same name? Well don’t fret because Warner Bros and Village Roadshow are getting ready to unleash it on you a whole week early.
Deadline is reporting the studios are pulling Kill from its previous March 14th, 2014 release date and will instead now come out a week earlier on March 7th, 2014. The reasoning is perhaps to get Kill, the story of a soldier played by Tom Cruise who’s stuck in a time loop reliving the day he died in a war against alien invaders, out in front of Disney’s Maleficent, the live-action re-telling of Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie as the titular villainess. Instead, Kill’s new release date will pit it against Sony’s Invertigo, the next film from D.J. Caruso (Disturbia).
So mark that down on your calendars, Bastards, All You Need Is Kill starring Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Charlotte Riley, is coming out March 7, not 14, in the year 2014. And now, for something completely hilarious
It seems that progress marches on in the development of Mission: Impossible 5, specifically so far as the selection of a new director. And given that Tom Cruise is the star and producer of that franchise, the name being branded about should come as no surprise.
According to Deadline, the frontrunner is Christopher McQuarrie. “I’m told that McQuarrie is the choice to helm the fifth Mission: Impossible film that is in the early stages of being put together by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions,” says the site. “They will hire writers before making it official but he’s the guy that Cruise and J.J. Abrams want.”
The choice of McQuarrie makes sense as he and Cruise already have a good working relationship. McQuarrie wrote the Cruise vehicle Valkerie and directed the actor in the upcoming Jack Reacher film. He also did rewrites on the presently in production All You Need is Kill, and he reportedly did some uncredited re-writes on the last Mission: Impossible movie Ghost Protocol, which grossed a surprising $694.7 at the worldwide box office.
So McQuarrie on an impossible mission: good idea or bad idea, Bastards?
Happy Friday everyone. Here’s a photo of Tom Cruise in a mech suit running away from a giant explosion. It’s sure to become the Internet’s newest meme.
The above shot was taken from director Doug Liman‘s new scif-fi action film All You Need is Kill. It’s an adaption of the Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The story follows a soldier in a war against aliens who finds himself reliving his last day in the battle over and over again after being killed. Because of this, he’s able to become a better soldier. So, basically, it’s Groundhog Day with explosions.
Every time I look at this image, all I can think of was the episode of Family Guy when Tom Cruise said “You can’t catch me gay thoughts!”
If it’s one thing that Tom Cruise is no stranger to, it’s sci-fi flicks. For better or for worse, he’s done his fair share. After all, when you have as big a name as Cruise does, you can pretty much get any job you want. He just finished up Oblivion earlier this year and is going on to be severely miscast in the graphic novel adaptation All You Need is Kill. Now, he may be picking up one more to add to his resume – Our Name is Adam.
Scripted by T.S. Nowlin, this movie is actually not a remake, reboot or adaptation of a comic book/graphic novel, so it’s very unique in the Hollywood scene. That also means that no details are known yet as to what the thing is about.
Of course, Cruise is just looking for now, so only time will tell if he jumps on board. He’s also been said to be looking at a Van Helsing reboot, another crappy Mission:Impossible film and The Magnificent Seven remake. I guess which role he decides to take will depend on his commitment to recycling.