Tron: Legacy is still three months away from hitting movie theaters, but first-time director Joseph Kosinski has wisely begun lining up new projects to direct (e.g., Archangels, The Black Hole remake). Before he took the Tron: Legacy gig, Kosinski attempted to get a personal project, Oblivion, into production, eventually turning to Radical Publishing, comic-book writer Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) and artist Andree Wallin to develop his treatment for a dystopian, science-fiction actioner into an "illustrated novel." After previewing Oblivion at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and shopping it around, Disney, obviously impressed with Kosinski's work on Tron: Legacy, picked up the film rights.
Here's the official plot description courtesy of Radical Publishing:
In a future where the Earth's surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.
Now Oblivion has a screenwriter. According to Deadline, Disney has hired Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan (Edge of Darkness, Body of Lies, The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven) to adapt the illustrated novel for a big-screen adaptation. Monahan's work as a screenwriter has focused on adapting works from other media or earlier incarnations of the same material: Edge of Darkness' source material in a BBC television miniseries, Body of Lies a bestselling novel by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius,The Departed a remake of the Hong Kong crime-thriller Infernal Affairs. Only Kingdom of Heaven wasn't based on a novel or previous film, but it drew heavily from the historical record. Monahan's other in-development projects include Wartime Lies, based on a novel by Louis Begley, and Tripoli, a historical drama set in the early nineteenth century.
While, at least superficially, nothing in Monahan's background suggests an affinity for science fiction dystopias, Monahan's skills in adapting a work from a different medium to the big screen and, just as importantly, world-building, suggest he might be, if not a perfect fit, then a more-than-adequate choice for shaping Oblivion into big-budget, epic-scaled material worthy of Disney's monetary investment and Kosinski's time (and ours).
So what do you think of Monahan adapting Oblivion? Do you think he's a good, bad, or great fit for a dystopian, science-fiction action film?