Walt Disney has announced that they have acquired the rights to the film adaptation of Oblivion, the upcoming graphic novel being released by Radical Publishing. The title was created by Joseph Kosinski, written by Arvid Nelson, and illustrated by Andrée Wallin.
The deal comes as no big surprise; Kosinski is the director of Disney’s Tron: Legacy, and the existing relationship made plenty of sense for this new project. Along with the acquisition of of the property, Disney will also have Kosinski directing and producing this film for them as well.
Oblivion takes place in the future where radiation has destroyed the Earth’s surface, forcing any remaining human beings to live at high altitudes above the clouds as vicious alien creatures scavenge the wastelands below. When Jak, a surface drone repairman, discovers a woman in a crashed pod, many mysteries and questions begin to arise and cause Jak to wonder about everything he’s ever known.
Click over for more and to find out where you can check out the first chapter of the graphic novel now.
Here’s what Radical Publishing President and producer Barry Levine had to say:
We’re thrilled to partner with Joe Kosinski on OBLIVION; Joe is one of the most creative forces in filmmaking today. From the moment he teamed with Radical to produce the book and film, he had such a clear vision of the OBLIVION landscape and universe. Add to that Joe’s successful partnership with Disney on Tron: Legacy, and you have all the ingredients for a phenomenal action/adventure film.
With the Oblivion graphic novel not even set for release until summer of next year, this movie is still a long ways from happening. To hold you over, you can see a preview of the book in the form of the first chapter by heading over to Ain’t it Cool News. The words are a little difficult to read, but with illustrations being the driving force, you can see how much promise this world could have as a science fiction movie.