Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough will star with Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski’s untitled sci-fi movie that is currently in a write by Michael Arndt. William Monahan and Karl Gajdusek penned earlier drafts.
The story takes place in the future and centers on a soldier (Cruise), who is stationed on Earth. The surface of the planet has been destroyed by aliens. The soldier discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, the story twists into a chain of events. He begins to question everything he is aware of and wonders what the truth is.
Variety reports that “nearly every high-profile young actress in town has been connected to the project at some point.”
Variety first reported that Jessica Chastain was cast as a female lead in the fall, but had to bow out because of her commitment to Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Osama bin Laden movie.
Tron: Legacy made it to the next round of competition for VFX at the Oscars. After watching this reel, it is obvious Digital Domain deserves the recognition, backed by the fact that the Disney movie has made $245 million so far.
Directed by first-timer Joseph Kosinski, the screenplay was co-written by Adam Horowitz (Lost), Richard Jefferies (Blood Tide, Living Hell), Edward Kitsis (Lost) and the director of the original movie, Steven Lisberger.
With that said, I get ecstatic about presentations of behind-the-scenes film making. Particularly a reel like this one from Digital Domain is priceless. I am so impressed with the digital quality of the work. Unbeknownst, Jeff Bridges was practically in every scene. I thought he was just sitting on a cushion not wanting to play the game throughout the filming process.
Be warned if you haven’t seen the movie yet, lots of spoilers! You view the digital effects from beginning to the end of the movie, a wonderful treat for anyone interested in filmmaking.
Last week, I posted a piece about director Joseph Kosinski saying he was worried that the studio was promoting TRON: Legacy too much. He mentioned spoilers, particularly, in the film clips and trailers. Now, with these four TV spots, TRON Tuesdays and the upcoming IMAX preview, his concern might be valid.
TRON: Legacy appears to be a hit already with all the promotion and feedback. The cast includes Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleinter, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen and Beau Garrett. The sequel follows Sam Flynn (Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of TRON where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant Qora (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.
The movie opens in theaters on Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D on December 17, 2010.
Joseph Kosinski wrote a graphic novel called “Oblivion,” which has been picked up by Disney. The sci-fi project will act as a Kosinski directing vehicle. Kosinski partnered with Radical on the project in July 2009, although it was not set up at a studio.
According to THR, he spent the last year honing the story while putting the finishing touches on Tron; Legacy, which is shaping up to be one of the most important movies for Disney in quite a while.
“Oblivion” takes place on a future Earth, where civilization lives above the clouds and scavengers collect ancient artifacts from the polluted surface below. A one young scavenger finds a crashed spacecraft on Earth, which leads him on a journey filled with romance and adventure.
Kosinski’s Oblivion movie deal is in the seven figures and is said to be one the largest rights deals of the year. THR reports that Disney wants to keep Kosinski in the fold, so the seven figure deal was inevitable.