‘Oblivion’ Director Joseph Kosinski Developing New Action-Thriller

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Joseph Kosinski has successfully transitioned from commercial director – renowned for his award-winning “Mad World” Gears of War and the “Starry Night” Halo 3 video game ads – to full-blown filmmaker, with his sci-fi features TRON: Legacy and Oblivion. For a change of pace, Kosinski will try his hand at something closer to realism, by taking the helm on a currently-untitled straightforward (read: non-sci-fi) action-thriller that’s based on his original idea.

However, while the aforementioned thriller is a work of his own invention (read: a passion project of sorts), there’s a reasonable chance that Kosinski won’t set to work on the movie anytime soon. The evidence? Well, the director struck a deal to direct a Twilight Zone movie for the 21st century two months ago, even though he’s been actively developing TRON 3 for some time now. Not to mention, Kosinski’s sci-fi cult classic remake, The Black Hole, gained a new writer earlier this year (to get the ball rolling faster on the long-gestating project).

Deadline is reporting that Media Rights Capital has bought a spec package for a “grounded action thriller” that’s intended to be a directing vehicle for Kosinski, based on a screenplay written by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers. The latter writing duo collaborated on the upcoming AMC TV series Halt & Catch Fire, which examines the changing culture of Texas’ Silicon Valley in the 1980s and is slated to be headlined by lauded character actors Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Scoot McNairy (12 Years a Slave).

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Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski on the set of ‘Oblivion’

Kosinski’s feature-length directing efforts have featured very exact shot composition and effects-heavy sci-fi world building, which makes you wonder what the final result could be were he to, instead, infuse a thriller with a greater sense of believability. TRON: Legacy and Oblivion (also based on Kosinski’s original idea) both earned a mixed critical reception, though the latter project (arguably) shows that Kosinski has noticeably grown and evolved as a cinematic storyteller - which is to say, now might be a good time for him to explore more down-to-Earth story territory.

Then again, for similar reasons, it might be for the best that Kosinski instead continue refining his skills as a director who draws from many a classic sci-fi trope in his work (too much so, is a common criticism of Oblivion), presumably starting with one of the sci-fi genre projects that’s on his plate. Or, rather, a related geek movie down the line, such as a Star Wars installment (see: the spacecraft chase sequences and character drama in Oblivion, as evidence that Kosinski could be a natural fit for that franchise).

Which project do you hope Kosinski directs next? Let us know in the comments section!


Source: Deadline

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  1. His next movie NEEDS to be Tron 3!

    • I’d like to see his Black Hole remake first. With him at the helm it will be great.

      • + 11

        His “THE BLACK HOLE” remake should be on the fast track.

        Do it NOW!

  2. I am a huge fan of Kosinski, including Tron and Oblivion. I would love to see him make more sci-fi genre films like The Black Hole, Twilight Zone, Star Wars, even Green Lantern which I think he would be a good fit for visually and tonally.

    It will be interesting to see how he does with a more ‘realistic’ premise. I am very curious about that, having no real reason to doubt him but nothing much to go by, either.

    • Kosinski’s promised remake of “The Black Hole” has great potential to become a continuing franchise series of films.

      I’m hoping his talk of the remake isn’t just TALK.

  3. I agree Trey, Tron 3 needs to happen!

  4. I’d like Tron 3 to come first as well. I’ve heard the story is being scripted in real time which is a good idea. I think a 2016 arrival is more likely and probably more profitable, considering it will be post Avengers 2 and Star Wars: Episode 7. The Black Hole does have great potential too, but based on the original story, its not a potential frachise. I really want him to get a Star Wars spin off or possibly Episode 8 or 9.

  5. Tron.

  6. I’ve been waiting on TRON 3 since I walked out of the theater back in 2010! Let’s see it!

  7. Despite critics I thoroughly enjoyed Oblivion. Yes, movie left a lot of unanswered questions. Perfect set up for a sequel. I want to know who were the aliens? What did
    they look like? Are there other humans alive on earth. I also have a lot of answers.
    So if the director needs help tell him to turn to his fans. But please make the sequel
    to oblivion. Same cast. Tom Cruise must.