News: Cruise Returns To Sci-Fi With OBLIVION

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Tom Cruise has finally signed on to star in OBLIVION from TRON: LEGACY director Joseph Kosinski. The sci-fi flick (Cruise’s first since WAR OF THE WORLDS) tells the tale of a future ravaged by an alien war, which resulted in mankind’s exodus from the Earth's now uninhabitable surface to live above the clouds.

Cruise will portray a lone soldier who is tasked with the unenviable job of repairing our Earth-bound Battle Drones that sweep our planet for hostile alien life forms. It is on one such mission that he encounters a mysterious woman who has crash-landed... and presumably go off on an adventure of some kind.

Anyone else getting a WALL-E vibe?

Kosinski’s been championing this project for a loooong time - having come up with the original idea (debatable) in 2005, he adapted it into a Graphic Novel after failing to garner studio interest, which in an ironic turn was then itself picked up by Disney last year. It has since been delayed further while the studio struggled with the dark tone of the story during development. But with Cruise now on board and a $100 million budget at stake, expect them to have found a way to balance the more challenging story elements to deliver the essential family-friendly PG-13 rating.

Writer William Monaghan (THE DEPARTED) has penned the new draft based of Kosinski’s original screenplay, and the movie is set to finally go before cameras this October.

Why would living in the clouds protect us from aliens from outer space? Wouldn't we stand out a bit? Am I missing something? Let us know with your comments below!

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+3 #2 sophiea iqbal 2011-05-21 19:21
A alien invation/futuristic movie, that is PG-13...woah! Ok that is just wrong, and I know I wont like it. If you are doing such a dark subject matter as this, then be prepared to be scary. Bin the PG and make it a 15 with balls, insead of a rattle. If I wanted to be spoon fed this kind of a story, I would as Kris commented on, be watching "Wall-e." In other words, a animation!

Be prepared to fall from a Million feet, into the half off bin, my friend. This viewer doesnt want a stalking killer type deal, who turns out to be a baby underneath. lol
+1 #1 Mr Cheese 2011-05-21 17:05
What are the odds of someone actually just making a film as intended rather than altering for the PG-13 rating? If it's got adult themes make an adult film. If they're worried about budget and ticket sales and make that their top priority we'll end up in the safe quagmire of crap I see arriving on the horizon.

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