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TOLDJA! Disney Acquires Joseph Kosinski’s Graphic Novel ‘Oblivion’

Mike Fleming

Will ‘Oblivion’ Go To Disney For Kosinski?
“Tron: Legacy’ Director Kosinski Pitching ‘Oblivion’ To Direct

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. Read More »

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Will ‘Oblivion’ Go To Disney For Kosinski?

Mike Fleming

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. Read More »

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‘Tron:Legacy’ Helmer Joseph Kosinski Pitching ‘Oblivion’ As Directing Vehicle

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Back from vamping Tron: Legacy for the third straight year at Comic-Con, director Joseph Kosinski this week is making the rounds at studios. He’s pitching a movie version of Oblivion, a futuristic science fiction love story he’ll direct, based on a graphic novel he created for Radical Publishing.

Kosinski will give Disney first crack at the movie tonight, and will pitch with Radical chief Barry Levine to other studios through the week if Disney doesn’t take it off the table. This one won’t likely take long to land a buyer. Plotted by Kosinski and written by Arvid Nelson, the comic takes place in an apocalyptic future where most people live above the clouds because the surface of the Earth is uninhabitable. A soldier is stuck on the desolate Earth repairing drones that patrol and destroy a savage alien race called The Scavengers. He comes across a beautiful woman who has crashed in a craft. Together they take an epic adventure that changes his world view.

Kosinski had the idea for the project three years ago, long before he was a hot commodity. Because he was engaged for so long making Tron: Legacy, Kosinski and his reps set the project up first as a graphic novel with Radical’s Levine.  Timing on when he’ll direct the film depends on script, and what happens with a possible Tron: Legacy sequel. Oblivion will be published … Read More »

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