Tom Cruise to Headline Joseph Kosinski's Horizons
05.22.11 by BJSprecher
The future of director Joseph Kosinski's Horizons (formerly Oblivion), a planned movie adaptation of his as-yet-unpublished illustrated sci-fi graphic novel, was somewhat in doubt when Disney, which had a first look deal with its Tron: Legacy director, put the project in turnaround because it was too mature in tone. Several other studios quickly began to circle the project, but Universal ended up acquiring the rights to it. Now, Deadline has reported Tom Cruise has committed to starring in the adaptation as as the lead character, Jak, a clone soldier in a future world where humanity lives in floating cities because the surface is infested with a brutal race of aliens called The Scavengers.
The Horizons screenplay adaptation was originally written by William Monahan (The Departed), and is in the process of being rewritten by Karl Gadjusek. The movie is budgeted at $100 million and will be released with a PG-13 rating.
Here's the synopsis of Kosinski's graphic novel:
Earth, 2015. The Odyssey travels to Mars to assemble and occupy the Red Planet’s first base station. En route, the sudden appearance of a vast White Cube in space interrupts the ship’s voyage – and the crew of the Odyssey is never heard from again. 30 years later, Earth has become an almost unrecognizable, surreal wilderness with the remains of human cities poking through vast black sand dunes and bizarre geological formations. The White Cube, from a long-dead extraterrestrial race, was to find potentially inhabitable worlds and reshape them into suitable environments for the aliens, who now will never come. It now sits high in the planet’s orbit, dominating the sky, attempting to undo the damage it has caused as well as repopulate the Earth with clones of the comatose Odyssey crew. The only clones on the surface remain those stationed in the looming Watchtowers, scattered around the planet. One such Watchtower crew member, a clone named Jak, witnesses a burning object fall to Earth. It’s an escape pod carrying Julia Kanan, the one lone survivor of the Odyssey before its capture by the Cube, and a love from Jak’s pre-clone past. But as the authorities close in to retake Julia, Jak’s genetic memory of his love for her drives him to decisions he never would have thought possible — and which could lead to disaster for both of them.
Below are samples of the artwork from the 128-page illustrated novel.
You can see more artwork from the graphic novel here!