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Universal Looks To The Future: 'Savages' Gets 2012 Date, 'Oblivion' & 'Despicable Me 2' Land In 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 9:45 AM
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In this era of movies being rushed out of the gate (please see the Snow White movies, "The Hunger Games," "X-Men: First Class" and "Green Lantern," among others) to meet a release date, Universal has just dropped info on three titles in their roster and it's notable because they are far, far in the distant future.

Tom Cruise Locked For 'Oblivion' Which Will Shoot This Fall, Circling Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 9:35 AM
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While Universal has been cagey with expensive, risky projects of late stalling Ron Howard's "The Dark Tower" and pulling the plug on Guillermo del Toro's "At the Mountains of Madness," one thing they have no hesitation about is Tom Cruise.

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.

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.

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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