William Monahan to Adapt OBLIVION for Disney

     September 11, 2010

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Disney has hired William Monahan, the screenwriter or The Departed, to adapt Radical Publishing’s upcoming graphic novel Oblivion.  The film is already set to be directed by Tron: Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski, who worked on the story for the graphic novel, which will be released sometime this fall.  Oblivion tells the story of a scavenger who finds a crashed spacecraft on a futuristic Earth where everyone lives above the clouds to escape the polluted surface, according to Heat Vision.  Hit the jump a recap of the development of the project so far.

william_monahan_oscar_winner_01Oblivion was not only a huge rights deal for Disney, it’s also just one of several big projects Joseph Kosinski is working on for the studio.  Tron: Legacy doesn’t come out until December, but two sequels are already in development, and Kosinski is also attached to Disney’s The Black Hole remake and Archangels.  As we previously reported, Disney buying the rights to Oblivion is representative of the growing trend of studios trying to keep directors in-house.  Oblivion is the latest project moving forward in development since Disney named Tron producer Sean Bailey president of production, and you can check out Steve’s interview with him here.  More on Oblivion as we hear it.

Here’s the official synopsis for the graphic novel:

From Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and critically acclaimed creator Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) comes an original sci-fi adventure of epic proportions.

In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.

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You can read the first chapter at AICN.

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