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Tom Cruise Will Lead Us into 'Oblivion'

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While Universal didn't think giving Guillermo del Toro $150 million to make an R-rated, Tom Cruise-starring H.P. Lovecraft adaptation was a good idea at all, that taste of spending a ton of money on a Tom Cruise tentpole is a flavor they just can't shake, and the studio seems to be working at getting that notion going from another angle. According to Deadline, Universal is in the lead to make a deal to finance and distribute Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion--a sci-fi film recently dropped by Disney--and hope to develop it as a vehicle for that winning Cruise-brand manicness.

Based on a graphic novel spawned from an idea from Kosinski, the sort of WALL-E-ish film is described thusly:

Oblivion is futuristic science fiction love story that takes place in an apocalyptic future where most of the population lives in clouds above an earth surface that has been rendered for the most part uninhabitable. An earthbound soldier -- stuck there repairing drones that patrol and blast a savage alien life form -- encounters a beautiful woman who crashed in a craft, and they have an experience that forces him to question his world view.

In my experience, the typical repairman-meets-beautiful woman encounter is filthy, lengthy sex interrupted only by the unexpected arrival of a bisexual female neighbor, so it should be interesting to see how that translates to the post-apocalypse. Probably even more torn, tattered clothing.

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