By Kevin Williamson
“Tron: Legacy isn’t the only project at Comic-Con for director Joseph Kosinski, who Hollywood’s hype machine is already comparing to James Cameron and David Fincher. (Nothing like low expectations.)
The other is Oblivion, an illustrated novel the filmmaker conceived for Radical Publishing.
The upstart multimedia company has made a name for itself in the past two years by marrying A-list filmmakers to their comics properties.
Just this week it was announced Spider-Man director Sam Raimi will helm Earp: Saints for Sinners, a post-apocalyptic duster that relocates the legend of the shootout at the OK Corral to Las Vegas. Radical president Barry Levine says Raimi, who made the 1993 western The Quick and the Dead, was immediately attracted to the idea. “This is the fastest a deal has come together.”
Raimi is still expected to helm a Wizard of Oz prequel for Disney so it’s likely Earp will follow that, although Levine notes, “Nobody knows for sure.”
Avatar star Sam Worthington is also in Radical’s orbit. The publisher and studio is teaming with the actor’s shingle Full Clip Prods. to develop multiple movies. Other potential Radical-based films include Hercules (produced by Peter Berg); Legends: The Enchanted (with Ron Howard producing); and Freedom Formula (which has X-Men’s Bryan Singer producing and possibly directing). As for Kosinski, Levine says a major announcement on the futuristic Oblivion is mere days away.
Clearly, he’s anxious to get cameras rolling.
“This is a hard business,” he says of the sluggish pace of development.
But he’s undaunted by the recent box office failures of such comics adaptations as Jonah Hex and The Losers. Why? Because he says Radical puts the story ahead of the deal. “The comics have to stand on their own.”
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