Monday, May 23, 2011

Tom Cruise Drifts Into "Oblivion"

Actor Tom Cruise ("Minority Report") has now been confirmed to star in Universal's $100 million, science fiction feature "Oblivion", to be directed by Joseph Kosinski ("TRON: Legacy"), based on Kosinski's 2010 Radical Publishing graphic novel "Oblivion".

Production will start October 2011, from a screenplay by William Monahan ("The Departed") and Karl Gajdusek :

"...Earth, 2015. 'The Odyssey' travels to Mars to assemble and occupy the Red Planet’s first base station. En route, the sudden appearance of a vast 'White Cube' in space interrupts the ship’s voyage – and the crew of the Odyssey is never heard from again. 30 years later, Earth has become an almost unrecognizable, surreal wilderness with the remains of human cities poking through vast black sand dunes and bizarre geological formations.

"The White Cube, from a long-dead extraterrestrial race, was to find potentially inhabitable worlds and reshape them into suitable environments for the aliens, who now will never come. It now sits high in the planet’s orbit, dominating the sky, attempting to undo the damage it has caused as well as repopulate the Earth with clones of the comatose Odyssey crew.

"The only clones on the surface remain those stationed in the looming 'Watchtowers', scattered around the planet. One such Watchtower crewmember, a clone named 'Jak', witnesses a burning object fall to Earth. It’s an escape pod carrying 'Julia Kanan', the one lone survivor of the Odyssey before its capture by the Cube, and a love from Jak’s pre-clone past.

"But as the authorities close in to retake Julia, Jak’s genetic memory of his love for her drives him to decisions he never would have thought possible-and which could lead to disaster for both of them..."

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