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Jessica Chastain Joins Joseph Kosinski's 'Oblivion' Alongside Tom Cruise

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  • September 27, 2011 1:22 AM
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Up-And-Coming Actress Will Play One Of Two Female Leads In Now Untitled Sci-Fi FlickOn the last episode of Wheel of Shortlist Casting Future, five actresses were vying for the two lead roles opposite Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinki's untitled sci-fi picture formerly known as "Oblivion" and "Horizons." The quintet, who had all tested for the role, included Brit Marling (Sundance indie-darling of "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice"), Olivia Wilde ("Cowboys & Aliens," "TRON: Legacy"), Noomi Rapace (the original "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") & Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum Of Solace") and "Tree Of Life" co-star Jessica Chastain.

Brit Marling, Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace & Olga Kurylenko Testing For 'Oblivion'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 26, 2011 3:08 AM
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Film Now Titled 'Horizon'Throughout all the negative PR of the last few years, Tom Cruise remains undeterred, awesomely acting as if he is still Hollywood's biggest star. After the somewhat-dicey "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" this holiday season, he's got a no-fail supporting role in "Rock Of Ages" followed by crime picture "One Shot" arriving in 2013, a pretty decent slate for a guy some audiences still consider toxic. After that, Cruise is going big, returning to the genre that served him well in "War Of The Worlds" and "Vanilla Sky" with Joseph Kosinki's "Horizon," formerly titled "Oblivion," and its currently casting two lovely ladies with the opportunity to seduce the practicing Thetan.

Disney Hires Screenwriter David DiGilio To Pen 'Tron: Legacy' Sequel

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  • June 7, 2011 11:59 AM
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"Tron: Legacy" was a bust at the box-office you say? Maybe in December when it opened softly to a $44 million debut weekend, but slow and steady wins the race. Yes, it cost a shit-ton -- $170 million was the figure released, but some estimates had it bloated to up to $320 million. Still the the film eventually accumulated to a $400 million total worldwide and you can bet those DVDs and Blu-rays probably pulled in a major haul as well.

Joseph Kosinki To Direct Alien Thriller 'Archangel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2011 9:06 AM
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Adam Cozad Rewriting ScriptWhile "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinksi continues to try a find a new home for his sci-fi epic "Oblivion," the helmer has landed another film firmly within the genre.

Universal Looking To Pick Up Joseph Kosinski's PG-13 'Oblivion' & Want Tom Cruise To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 10:06 AM
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Oh irony of ironies. Just over a month after Universal officially killed Guillermo Del Toro's $150 million, R-rated "At The Mountains Of Madness," it looks like the studio has not only found a cheaper, PG-13 replacement tentpole, they want Tom Cruise to star in it too.

Joseph Kosinski On Why Disney Passed On 'Oblivion,' Weighs In On Possible 'Tron' Sequel

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 6, 2011 7:23 AM
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So Joseph Kosinski -- what's the guy's current relationship status with Disney? Likely, "it's complicated," but a lot less complicated than you would think. His first film "Tron: Legacy," at the cusp of $400 million worldwide, has become the highest-grossing debut film for any director in history (narrowly beating out Abbas Kiarostami and Manoel del Oliveira for the title). But his next project, "Horizons," was turned down by the Mouse House, leaving the ambitious sci-fi project without a home. While Kosinski is free to shop "Horizons" around town, no official reason was given for why Disney said no.

Disney Drops 'Horizons' (aka 'Oblivion') With 'Tron: Legacy' Director Joseph Kosinski

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 9:47 AM
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For a while, it seemed that Disney was still total buds with Joseph Kosinski. The commercial director turned feature filmmaker made his feature length debut with "Tron: Legacy," the eye-opening franchise reboot of sorts that unfortunately underperformed with audiences and was met with lukewarm praise from fans. Regardless, the studio seemed to be plowing ahead with his graphic novel “Oblivion,” a property the studio picked up a while ago and was still actively developing. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, Karl Gajdusek was brought on board to do a rewrite to the script -- now being called "Horizons" --- that also saw William Monahan take a pass at it. But it looks like it was all for naught.

Karl Gajdusek To Rewrite William Monahan's Script For Joseph Kosinski's 'Horizons' (aka 'Oblivion')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2011 7:08 AM
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Even though "Tron: Legacy" underperformed and was met with a collective shrug from both fanboys and critics alike, Disney still wants to be in the Joseph Kosinski business and he's got a property they think will make them a mint. His graphic novel "Oblivion" was picked up by Disney a while ago and last fall "The Departed" scribe William Monahan was tasked with writing the script. Well, spring is around the corner and there is new movement on the project.

Joseph Kosinski Talks The "Art House" Heart Of 'Tron: Legacy'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 19, 2010 1:46 AM
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Filmmaker Discusses The "Wizard of Oz" Aspect Of 'Tron' Remake's 3DExclusive: When we reviewed "Tron: Legacy" a week ago, we noted that the movie has a surprisingly strange, video-art-project vibe. The most striking moments in it come when the overstuffed sci-fi plot falls away and the visuals and music get pumped up to maximum, sternum-shaking volume. Director Joseph Kosinski shoots and edits things very cleanly -- light cycles glide across the screen, leaving a ribbon of flowing light behind him; characters walk slowly towards the screen bedecked in rubbery suits rimmed with neon; and often its oversized importance (chiefly in a monetary sense, as this is a big important Disney movie that is supposed to kick-start a number of ancillary ventures) is sidelined simply for the beauty of it all.

Exclusive: 'Tron: Legacy' Director Joseph Kosinski Talks Upcoming Projects 'Black Hole' & 'Oblivion'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 18, 2010 6:43 AM
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There's an early scene in "Tron: Legacy" where we get a look around Sam Flynn's room. We see that the young son of computer magnate Kevin Flynn (played by Jeff Bridges) has small toys based around the computer characters in the first movie and, briefly, we get a glimpse of a poster on his wall. It's "The Black Hole," an underrated sci-fi movie that Disney released in 1979 to middling box office returns. It's a movie where Anthony Perkins is killed by robots and has held up surprisingly well (certainly way better than the original "Tron"), thanks largely to its emphasis on moody atmospherics over "cutting edge" technology. The poster's placement in "Tron: Legacy" is a nice tip-of-the-hat to Disney sci-fi history, but it's also an indication of things to come: Joseph Kosinski has been tapped by the Mouse House to do a big budget reboot of that feature, too.

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