EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned Disney has the inside track on screen rights to Oblivion, the graphic novel from Radical Publishing that was shopped last week as a directing vehicle for Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The studio has an exclusive negotiating window that ends this evening. Three other studios — Paramount, Fox’s Chernin Entertainment, and Universal — made bids last week. Kosinski and Radical chief Barry Levine began pitching studios last Monday night. Disney had the inside track on the pic in deference to the relationship the studio built with the filmmaker over the three years it took Kosinski to make Tron: Legacy, a film that was produced by Sean Bailey before he became Disney’s president of production.
Oblivion is a futuristic science fiction love story that takes place in an apocalyptic future where most people live above the clouds, far from the inhospitable place that the surface of Earth has become. An earthbound soldier who repairs drones that patrol and destroy a savage alien race discovers a beautiful woman who crashed in a craft. They take an epic adventure that changes his world view. Kosinski’s reps at Verve and Anonymous Content are working on the deal.