‘Oblivion’: Tom Cruise talks return to big-screen spectacle sci-fi

April 16, 2013 | 10:13 a.m.

Tom Cruise was on hand Monday night in New York for an early screening of his new Universal film “Oblivion,” hosted by Hero Complex, and afterward, in a special interactive Q&A simulcast to nine IMAX theaters across the country, the star talked at length about his interest in making the film, citing in particular filmmaker Joseph Kosinksi, calling the writer-director seated beside him “a world creator” and a “true visionary.”

Based on a 2010 graphic novel Kosinski penned with comic book writer Arvid Nelson, “Oblivion,” which opens Friday, takes place on a future Earth left decimated by an alien invasion. Former Marine Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of a few people left on the planet to mop up after the war.

The movie, written by Karl Gajdusek and Michael deBruyn, also stars Morgan Freeman as a 102-year-old insurgency leader, Melissa Leo as Jack’s authoritarian boss and Olga Kurylenko as a mysterious woman who stirs Jack’s memories.

Kosinski, for his part, described how Cruise’s decision early on to star in the film, helped shape his final drafts of the script. “I knew everything I wanted Jack Harper to do in this movie, Tom was going to be able to do it,” Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) said.

To hear more of what Cruise and Kosinski had to say, watch the clip above, and look for more from the Q&A soon.

— Gina McIntyre and Rebecca Keegan

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4 Responses to ‘Oblivion’: Tom Cruise talks return to big-screen spectacle sci-fi

  1. Tina Joplin says:

    Thank You love to watch you move…. LOOL looking garte!
    Does Buck Rogers going back to earth have any thing to do with this film? Thanks Tina Joplin

  2. Mana Nui says:

    Thanks for bringing back SF to the fore. I am a big fan of both of you.

  3. Michael Falconer says:

    Sources from informants say that your new film being shot in England will be like Jack Reacher. Can you confirm that. Are you going to be on location in Wales during the six nations rugby tournament. Also that stunts will include motorbike riding in the Isle of Man TT. There is chatter in the streets that you will be casting Celtic actors for your film. My distant cousin whispered to me that you will be attending a rugby test between Cymru and the poms. Are you interested in a directorial debut.

  4. D.killian says:

    Hope the Film does very well. the sound stage is in my hometown. home of great food, friendly people, culture ,great place to film a movie. Gooo tigers.

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