Last month Disney decided against making Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion (also known as Horizons) as the “gritty PG-13 science fiction action project didn’t fit into the Disney mandate”. This lead the Tron Legacy director to look elsewhere for studio backing, and now Deadline reports that Universal has emerged as the front runner to finance and distribute the film.
The graphic novel on which the movie is based is set “in a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition and 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.”
Deadline says Tom Cruise “doesn’t have a deal at this point, but they are talking”, so he may jump onto it now that At The Mountains of Madness is no longer happening. Universal back out of Madness because they didn’t want to spend $150 million on an R-rated horror film, but Oblivion will have an easier time getting made as the budget will be around $100 million.