Disney has set William Monahan, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Departed, to adapt Oblivion, the graphic novel from Radical Publishing. Tron:Legacy director Joseph Kosinski will helm. Oblivion, a futuristic adventure, comes from a story hatched by Kosinski. Monahan’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
I see that The Hollywood Reporter is trumpeting an “exclusive” on the deal right now, but if you consider all Deadline has written on this sales effort–including that Disney was close to a deal–that’s like racing to the top of what you think is an uncharted hilltop, glimpsing my crumpled Bud Light empties scattered about, and then planting your flag anyway. Nice try!
Disney closed its deal to acquire Oblivion, the Radical Publishing graphic novel that will be turned into a directing vehicle for Tron:Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski. Deadline reported on Monday that Disney had the inside track and an exclusive negotiating window after four studios bid on the property following last week’s pitch effort. The other studios in the running were Paramount, Fox’s Chernin Entertainment and Universal.
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned Disney has the inside track on screen rights to Oblivion, the graphic novel from Radical Publishing that was shopped last week as a directing vehicle for Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The studio has an exclusive negotiating window that ends this evening. Three other studios — Paramount, Fox’s Chernin Entertainment, and Universal — made bids last week. Kosinski and Radical chief Barry Levine began pitching studios last Monday night. Disney had the inside track on the pic in deference to the relationship the studio built with the filmmaker over the three years it took Kosinski to make Tron: Legacy, a film that was produced by Sean Bailey before he became Disney’s president of production.