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Oblivion Gets Action-Heavy New TV Spot

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As I’m sure you’re well aware, Tom Cruise’s latest film is the big-budget sci-fi action extravaganza Oblivion. By the time it hits theaters on April 19th, with a IMAX-exclusive release on April 12th, Obvlivion‘s trailers are sure to be bountiful To tide us over until the next one comes out, here’s Universal’s latest TV ad for the film, which features Cruise as one of the last humans on Earth, post-alien apocalypse, who discovers an underground world he never thought imaginable.

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Oblivion Trailer, Now With Commentary by Director Joseph Kosinski

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After seeing all the lukewarm reviews for Jack Reacher the last couple of days, I’m thinking Cruise is lucky the epic-looking Oblivion already has such a strong buzz going for it. I mean, a Tom Cruise movie is always going to bring movie fans out of the woodwork, but sci-fi is almost always a tough sell when bringing in the masses. My wife wants to see neither and doesn’t want much to do with Tom Cruise most of the time, so lost causes are always there somewhere.

A good way to bring in “on the fence” filmgoers for a film like Obvlivion is to add a little context to the flying ships and mystery survivors the film’s first trailer flails in front of our eyes. Luckily, Jim with IGN.com sat down with director Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy) for a detail-friendly extended look at the trailer.

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Tom Cruise Eyeballing Another Sci-Fi Film, Our Name Is Adam

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Update: Some plot description from Deadline: the movie is said to be “a Back to the Future style movie where Cruise would go back in time and meet his younger self.

Despite his extensive acting career over the past few decades, I don’t generally think of Tom Cruise as a “science fiction guy.” Sure, he’s done a couple — Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, Spielberg’s War of the Worlds — but it’s definitely not his primary genre. That may be changing now, though, because Cruise is looking to join yet another SF film, called Our Name Is Adam, on top of the two other upcoming SF projects he already has in the pipeline.

Unfortunately, we don’t know much at all about Our Name Is Adam at this point. Variety says it’s a spec (read, “original”) script by a fellow named T.S. Nowlin. He doesn’t have any produced credits at this point, although IMDb lists him as writing two other science fiction-y films in development. One is called Agent 13, has Charlize Theron rumored to be involved, and is listed as “action/sci-fi.” The second film, Ruin, is described as “based on Wes Ball’s animated short film about events that take place in a post-apocalyptic city overgrown with plants.” Either way, we tip our hats in approval to anybody who can actually get Hollywood to move forward with an original science fiction script.

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Emily Blunt May Join Tom Cruise SF Flick All You Need Is Kill

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Tom Cruise may not have included many science fiction films in his decades-long resume, but he seems to be trying to make up for it lately. He’s attached to not one, but two high-profile SF projects in the works. One, Oblivion, has already attracted a cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, and Melissa Leo, and is being directed by TRON: Legacy helmer Joseph Kosinski. The other, saddled with the awkward but unforgettable title of All You Need Is Kill, is now looking to add the lovely Emily Blunt as a female lead.

First announced back in December, All You Need Is Kill is based on a Japanese graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Cruise will star as a soldier in a future war who dies in combat, only to find himself resurrected and reliving the same day over and over. As he is able to carry his memories from one incarnation to the next, he struggles to discover why this is happening to him and how to break the cycle. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blunt is in talks to play Valkyrie One, a fellow soldier and one of Earth’s best warriors. If she signs on board, All You Need Is Kill will be one of several recent SF roles for the British actress, including the Philip K. Dick adaptation The Adjustment Bureau and the upcoming time-travel flick Looper.

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Tom Cruise Doing Mission: Impossible In Space… Sort Of

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Tom CruiseTom Cruise is in talks to play the lead in All You Need Is Kill. The movie’s a sci-fi thriller directed by Doug Liman and better still the whole thing is set in outer space. Except it’s not some celebration of exploration or anything, but a heist movie, which sounds a lot like something in the mold of Mission: Impossible, especially now that Cruise is attached.

The film would have Cruise leading a team of former astronauts stealing equipment to get back to the moon where they plan to run off with some sort of valuable energy source. At least that’s Hollywood’s definition of the movie they’re making. The comic it’s based on has a very different story going on.

In the Hiroshi Sakurazaka “All You Need Is Kill” comic they’re supposed to be adapting, the lead is a young soldier recently recruited to the United Defense Force to help defend Earth against aliens called “Mimics”. An accident causes the soldier to be stuck in some sort of time loop. What any of this has to do with a heist lead by Tom Cruise (who is much too old to play a young soldier), is anyone’s guess. If you’ve read the comic, see if you can connect the dots for us in the comments section below.