Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski teamed up with Radical Publishing in 2009 to produce a graphic novel called Oblivion, which he then pitched to various studios late last year in order to get it made into a movie.
Disney snapped the sci-fi project up, and William Monahan, the Oscar winning writer behind The Departed, was hired to write the script. Now according to Heat Vision Karl Gajdusek (writer of upcoming Nicole Kidman/Nicolas Cage thriller Trespass) has been brought on-board for re-writes and the title has been changed from Oblivion to Horizons.
The graphic novel synopsis explains that it 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.”
When Disney bought the project in September it was unknown whether it would be Kosinski’s next movie as Disney was already developing a script for a Tron: Legacy sequel. The studio will most likely be waiting to see how Legacy fares on DVD and Blu-ray before decided whether to move ahead with another film (its box office gross ended at just under $400 million).
If the studio doesn’t want Kosinski to get started on the next Tron movie then Horizons is likely to be his next film, and could potentially get moving sometime this year.