Tron: Legacy Director Joseph Kosinski Updates Oblivion
04.05.11 by Ryan
Prior to the release of Tron: Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski was already talking about his follow-up project, Oblivion, an adaptation of Kosinski's illustrated, sci-fi novel. Disney picked up the rights last August, hiring William Monahan (The Departed) a month later to adapt the screenplay of a story that follows two long-lost lovers on the run on a decimated Earth filled with clones.
Days before Tron: Legacy opened, Kosinski updated Oblivion, revealing that "we're working on the script" and that the director would figure out what his next project would be after "the Christmas break." That deadline came and went, and no announcement has arrived for Oblivion. Instead, a teaser trailer for Tron 3 was rumored for Legacy's DVD/Blu-Ray, with Kosinski recently admitting that "we're working on the story right now." Wait, isn't that almost exactly what Kosinski said about Oblivion? What happened?
Kosinski told Assignment X that Disney put the script into "turnaround," which allows another studio to pick up the rights.
It’s a story I wrote five years ago and we developed as a script with Disney. We always knew it was going to be pushing the Disney envelope. Even with Tron we pushed the Disney envelope and with Oblivion we pushed ourselves right out of the envelope. It was clear it was a square peg, round hole thing. It’s outside the development of what can be a Disney film and they understood to make it a Disney film, it’s making it a movie it didn’t want to be. We’re in the process of finding a new home for it and I’m really excited about it.
Kosinski explained that part of Disney's envelope was the movie's rating, which, at PG-13, was too much for the studio.
It’s a PG-13 movie. It’s just thematically outside of what can be a Disney movie now, You don’t want to change the movie to fit inside something it doesn’t want to be. It’s all in good terms and gave me the ability to take it anywhere I want.
Whether Oblivion will be next for Kosinski depends on how quickly the director can find another interested studio. While Legacy screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are already writing the script for Tron 3, Kosinski told HItFix that the sequel "probably won't be the next thing I do" even though he'd "love to go back" for another Tron.
Kosinski is also attached to a remake of Disney's 1979 sci-fi movie The Black Hole, which could be his next project instead.
Kosinski made his directorial debut with Legacy, which earned almost $400 million in worldwide box office.