Director Joseph Kosinski Talks TRON 3; Two Weeks Away from Draft With “Much Broader Appeal,” Still Working on Title

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With WonderCon happening this weekend, Universal brought out director Joseph Kosinski to talk to a few press outlets about his sci-fi action-adventure flick Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, and out in theaters on April 19th.  While we will run the full interview soon, we wanted to share what the filmmaker had to say about a third TRON film today.

Expanding on what he already told us in an interview back in December 2012, Kosinski said that it absolutely feels like Disney wants to make it happen, that he’s two weeks away from getting a draft of the script, that they’ve been working on this story since 2009, and that the story will open up the world and give it a much broader appeal.  He also said that the movie will have a title that is not just TRON 3, but that it’s not officially set in stone yet.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

12 New Images from OBLIVION Starring Tom Cruise

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New images from writer/director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi epic Oblivion are now available.  In addition to the futuristic tech and machinery showcased here, we get new looks at characters played by Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.  Oblivion finds drone repairman Jack Harper (Cruise) scavenging Earth for scarce resources when a beautiful stranger (Kurylenko) crash lands and turns his world upside-down.

The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, and Melissa Leo.  Oblivion opens in traditional and IMAX theaters on April 19th.  Hit the jump to view the new images.

2 Featurettes and 2 New TV Spots for OBLIVION

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Universal has unveiled a bounty of goodies from director Joseph Kosinski’s upcoming sci-fi pic Oblivion.  The featurettes focus on Kosinski’s desire to do as many of the film’s visual effects in camera as possible, and it’s absolutely fascinating to see how he pulled off some of these tricks.  For scenes in the film’s skytower, instead of using a blue screen to fill out the sky background, Kosinski actually projected footage of the real sky (which he shot in Maui) 360 degrees around the set, so everything the audience sees in the background is practical.  The other featurette focuses on the creation of the pic’s “bubble ship,” and it’s another interesting look into Kosinski’s strong flair for design.

Hit the jump to take a look at the featurettes and TV spots.  The film also stars The film also stars Olga KurylenkoAndrea Riseborough, and Morgan FreemanOblivion opens in traditional and IMAX theaters on April 19th.

Listen to the First M83 Track from OBLIVION

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Director Joseph Kosinski famously collaborated with the music duo Daft Punk on the score for Tron: Legacy, and for his new film Oblivion, Kosinski has once again reached out to the music community for the pic’s soundtrack.  The filmmaker has been developing Oblivion for a number of years, and in a recent interview with Steve the filmmaker revealed that as early as his first treatment for the script in 2005, he had noted his desire for a soundtrack from the electronic band M83.

Kosinski’s dream came true, as Anthony Gonzales and Co. have composed the entire original score for Oblivion and now the first track from their efforts has been unveiled online.  “StarWaves” is a decidedly synth-heavy cut, but it does a nice job of mirroring the scope and expansiveness of Oblivion that we’ve seen in the trailers.  Hit the jump to take a listen and to see what Kosinski had to say about M83’s score for the film.  Oblivion opens in IMAX and traditional theaters on April 19th.

New Trailer and High-Resolution Images and Posters for OBLIVION Starring Tom Cruise

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for director Joseph Kosinski’s upcoming sci-fi film Oblivion. The story takes place on a dystopian Earth and stars Tom Cruise as a drone repairman who holds the future of mankind in his hands after discovering a crashed spaceship.  While the film’s first trailer was a tad underwhelming, this is undoubtedly the best trailer yet.  It does an excellent job of setting up the film’s plot while also teasing some absolutely gorgeous visuals and exciting tech.  We also get a good look at the character played by Melissa Leo, who appears to have some mysterious motives.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Olga KurylenkoAndrea Riseborough, and Morgan FreemanOblivion opens on April 12th exclusively in IMAX theaters, and expands nationwide on April 19th. [Update: Universal has also unveiled a batch of high-resolution images and posters, which are now included after the jump.]

New TV Spots for OBLIVION, PAIN AND GAIN, and MOVIE 43

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A few new TV spots surfaced this weekend for…

  • OblivionTom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Olga Kurylenko star in Joseph Kosinski‘s sci-fi actioner set in a future where Earth has been abandoned.
  • Pain & GainMark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie play three personal trainers who band together for a heist and get in way over their heads.  Michael Bay directs.
  • Movie 43 -Johnny Knoxville, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Jason Sudeikis, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Banks, Emma Stone, Liev Schreiber, Anna Faris, Naomi Watts, and many others star in this comedy omnibus.

Watch the TV spots after the jump.

Exclusive: Joseph Kosinski Talks OBLIVION, Working with Tom Cruise, Getting M83 to Compose the Score, the Film’s Unique Design, the IMAX Release & More

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In a small, nondescript office building somewhere in Los Angeles, director Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy) and his post-production team are working feverishly behind the scenes finishing up his second feature film, Oblivion, for its April 19 release.  Tom Cruise stars as one of the last remaining drone repairman stationed on a post-apocalyptic Earth.  He works as part of a mission to extract vital resources from the ground following a decades-long war with a threat known as the Scavs.  When Cruise’s character rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft, events are set in motion that force him to “question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.”  Oblivion also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo.

Recently, I got to do an extended interview with Kosinski at his post-production facility.  We talked about how he came up with the idea, why they filmed in Louisiana and used the new Sony CineAlta F65 camera, how and why they’re releasing the film a week early in IMAX,  why he chose M83 to do the soundtrack (and if it’s all new music), how long was his first cut and what’s the current running time, how he landed Cruise, the costumes and design of the ships, why Disney passed and how it landed at Universal, if things changed on set, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Director Joseph Kosinski Provides Commentary on OBLIVION Trailer

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Next year is looking pretty stacked as far as sci-fi films go and director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion is a perfect example. Taking place on a dystopian Earth, drone repairman Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) finds himself holding the future of mankind in his hands after discovering a crashed spaceship. While the first trailer debuted earlier this month, Kosinski recently provided an extensive commentary track that accompanied it. Along with behind-the-scenes information on how certain scenes of the movie were filmed, Kosinski fills in backstory as to what Cruise’s character is doing on terra firma, the time frame the movie takes place in and a lot of technical details on buildings, spaceships and more.

Kosinski also recently updated us on the status of Tron 3 and we will have an Oblivion interview with him posting next week. Also starring Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough, Oblivion opens April 19, 2013. Hit the jump to hear Kosinski’s commentary on the Oblivion trailer.

Exclusive: TRON 3 Update from Director Joseph Kosinski; Talks Daft Punk’s Return, TRON 3′s Time Period, EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Comparisons, and More

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Tron fans had reason to rejoice a little over a week ago when we reported that Disney is now moving forward with a sequel to 2010’s TRON: Legacy.  The follow-up has been in development since that film’s release, but new Disney Studios head Alan Horn sees Tron 3 as a priority, and so Jesse Wigutow has been brought on to pen the latest draft of the script in order to get things moving.  Legacy star Garrett Hedlund recently confirmed his inevitable involvement in the pic, but details regarding the sequel have been few and far between.

Steve recently participated in an exclusive interview with Legacy director Joseph Kosinski in anticipation for his upcoming sci-fi film Oblivion, and he kindly provided a lengthy update on Tron 3, which he intends to direct.  Kosinski talked about the status of the script, the fact that this had to be their Empire Strikes Back in order for him to return, the possibility of Daft Punk once again providing the score, how much time has passed when Tron 3 picks up, and much more.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Obviously: Garrett Hedlund Confirms He’s Returning for TRON 3

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Just last week, we learned that the in-development sequel to TRON: Legacy has been given a boost, as Disney is keen on moving forward with the project with Jesse Wigutow tapped to pen the latest draft of the script.  Now, in “no shit” news, Legacy star Garrett Hedlund has confirmed in an interview with NextMovie that he’s set to return for the Joseph Kosinski-helmed follow-up:

“Yeah, are we gonna break this now? Disney’s very excited. That’s about that. You know, yeah, I’m very excited, Disney’s very excited.”

With all big studio projects that have franchise potential, actors are signed to multi-picture deals in which they are contractually obligated to return for further sequels whether they want to or not, so obviously if Disney is moving ahead with Tron 3 it will be with Hedlund in tow.  You can also expect Olivia Wilde to be coming back, as the ending of Legacy set up a nice tease for the future of the two characters.  New Disney Studios head Alan Horn sees the Legacy sequel as a priority for the Mouse House, so expect more news on the sequel sooner rather than later.

First Trailer for Joseph Kosinski’s OBLIVION Starring Tom Cruise

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The first trailer for director Joseph Kosinski’s (TRON: Legacy) sci-fi film Oblivion has been released.  At first blush, it’s not exactly what I was expecting and I think that bodes well for the picture. Rather than a straight shoot-em-up actioner or a generic survival story, Oblivion looks to have elements of mystery and betrayal all tied into Tom Cruise’s character, Jack Harper.  Olga Kurylenko looks beautiful even dressed-down and Morgan Freeman channels his own version of Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus. The all-white aesthetic looks sharp and clean against a backdrop of chaos and destruction and the overall design definitely has some nods to TRON. There are also elements of The Fifth Element, Minority Report and The Matrix presented in this introductory trailer, but Oblivion looks to be something all its own. (But what is up with that creature that looks like Darth Vader and sounds like a Tusken raider?)

The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa LeoOblivion opens on April 19, 2013.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Poster for OBLIVION Starring Tom Cruise

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The first poster for director Joseph Kosinski’s (TRON: Legacy) upcoming sci-fi film Oblivion has landed online, and it’s very, very pretty. Tom Cruise stars as one of the last remaining drone repairman stationed on a future Earth.  He works as part of a mission to extract vital resources from the ground following a decades-long war with a threat known as the Scavs, which lead to humans moving civilization to the skies thousands of feet above.  When Cruise’s character rescues a beautiful stranger (Andrea Riseborough) from a downed spacecraft, events are set in motion that force him to “question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.”  This poster definitely teases an epic scope and a beautifully cinematic landscape, and given Kosinski’s incredible visual work on TRON: Legacy it’s safe to assume we’re in for one gorgeous-looking sci-fi film.

Hit the jump to take a look at the poster, and check back here on Sunday to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Nikolaj Coster-WaldauOlga KurylenkoMelissa Leo, and Morgan Freeman.  Oblivion opens exclusively in IMAX on April 12, 2013, followed by its traditional release on April 19th.

TRON: LEGACY Sequel Moving Forward with New Screenwriter

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The sequel to Tron: Legacy looks to be back on track.  Disney has been developing a follow-up to the 2010 Tron sequel for a couple of years now, though movement had slowed considerably as of late.  Apparently new Disney Studios head Alan Horn sees the sequel as a priority, with Heat Vision reporting that Jesse Wigutow being tapped to pen the latest draft of the script as development on the project moves forward “with a renewed urgency.”  Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is set to helm this next installment, though a timetable for production isn’t given.  Kosinski is currently finishing up post-production on the Tom Cruise-led sci-fi pic Oblivion.

Last we heard, David DiGilio was writing a new draft of the script for Tron 3Legacy screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz stepped back to a producer role on the follow-up given their commitment to the ABC series Once Upon a Time, which they created and run.  With this “renewed urgency” on the project, we should hear more about the sequel sooner rather than later.

First Official Synopses for Joseph Kosinski’s OBLIVION and Guillermo del Toro’s Horror Production, MAMA

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 We recently brought you the release date shuffle for Universal pictures Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko, and Mama, the horror film directed by Andres Muschietti and produced by Guillermo del Toro.  Now we can actually tell you what those films are about!  An official synopsis for each film has dropped and we share that with you after the jump.  Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion opens April 19th, 2013 with an IMAX-only run-up starting on April 12th, 2013.  Mama, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain will open January 18th, 2013.  Hit the jump to read the synopses.

Universal Shuffles OBLIVION, Ron Howard’s RUSH and the Guillermo del Toro-Produced Horror Film, MAMA; THE PERKS OF BEING A WALL FLOWER Pushed Back

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Check out the latest shuffling of release dates below:

  • Oblivion, from director Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko, has been moved up a week from April 26th, 2013 to April 19th, 2013.  The film will screen exclusively in IMAX for one week starting on April 12th.
  • Rush, the Forumula 1 racing picture from Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth has a new release date of September 20th, 2013.
  • Mama, a horror film directed by Andres Muschietti and produced by Guillermo del Toro, has been pushed from October of this year to January 18th, 2013.  The picture stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, from writer/director Stephen Chbosky and starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, has been pushed back a week from September 14th to September 21st of this year.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

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