Just yesterday I was marveling over the output of Radical Comics, and in doing so managed to miss a little news item that will probably one heck of a prescient move on their part. You see, they've recruited the writing and directing talents of one Joseph Kosinski, the helmer of Tron Legacy, who might just become The Next Big Thing after 2011. But he'll be a little busy, as according to The Hollywood Reporter, Radical Pictures has nabbed Kosinski to write and direct the sci-fi story Oblivion, an original story that he'll develop as a film and as a graphic / illustrated novel. (That's its moody, evocative preview art to the right. Dang, Radical has some good looking books!)

The story centers on a war weary soldier who is court-martialed, and assigned to a bleak and desolate planet as a punishment. His assignment is to destroy the last remnants of its local alien race. His life becomes weirdly linked with a mysterious traveler, and they find themselves questioning everything -- their lives, the planet their on, and their missions.

It's a project that Kosinski began when he moved to L.A., before the days of Tron Legacy and ComicCon frenzies, and had planned on Oblivion as the movie that would kickstart his career. "I was looking to make a science fiction film that I could do on a budget. It's grown since then, but it's intended to be a very spare science fiction film, with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes." The fact that it's a story penned pre-success intrigues me, and makes me hope that Kosinski is going to join the "Saviors of Sci-Fi" club that Duncan Jones and Neill Blomkamp have originated.