Tom Cruise just keeps on cruising: the two-time Oscar-nominee has attached himself to star in Oblivion, the new $100 million science fiction film from Joseph Kosinski, who made his directorial debut with Disney's Tron: Legacy. You know, most directors start off small with a Reservoir Dogs or Who's That Knocking At My Door? or something. You skipped a step or two. Is another $100 million summer blockbuster really the best idea right now? Disney didn't think so. They dropped the project, for which Kosinski made a graphic novel as a proof-of-concept, freeing Oblivion for Universal Pictures, which given their recent history with At the Mountains of Madness and The Dark Tower are likely to scuttle the project quickly due to budgetary concerns. Watch yourself, Joe. Watch yourself.
Oblivion will star Cruise as a soldier in a post-apocalyptic future who crash lands on Earth. The problem is that Earth has been rendered completely uninhabitable, forcing humanity to live above the clouds. Cruise will team up with an as yet uncast female lead to take on a series of challenges, most likely, which will cause him to "question his world view," according to Deadline, which had the original story.
We warmed to Kosinski's Tron: Legacy upon its release on home video and are actually kind of excited for his first original film project. Don't let us down, dude. That bigger your debut, the bigger your potential downfall.
Crave Online will return with more Oblivion news if we ever manage to decipher these elder scrolls…