Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Movie News: Tron Legacy's Joseph Kosinski set to direct Oblivion

The Coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International, Radical Publishing is proud to announce that Joseph Kosinski, director of the upcoming Tron Legacy, is slated to direct Oblivion as a full-length feature film, based on the upcoming hardcover book also created by the director.

Oblivion will be produced by Kosinski alongside Radical Publishing’s President and Publisher Barry Levine, filmmaker David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Anonymous Content’s David Morrison. Radical Publishing’s Executive Vice President Jesse Berger is attached as executive producer.

Set in the distant future, Oblivion revolves around a court-martialed soldier who is exiled to a desolate planet ravaged by the wrath of time. During his efforts to explore his surroundings and bring an end to the last remains of a primitive alien race, he comes across a mysterious traveler. Through the help of this enigmatic traveler, the soldier begins to question everything he knows – both about the galaxy at large and himself.

"I was looking to make a science fiction film that I could do on a budget," stated Kosinski of the initial concept. "It's grown since then, but it's intended to be a very spare science fiction film, with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes."

“We’re very excited to have Joe Kosinski’s Oblivion at Radical,” said Barry Levine. “This our very first non comic property and the first book to debut in our illustrated novels collection. Not only has Joe crafted a unique vision for this book, he’s managed to create an incredible world and a compelling story. We’re pleased and proud to be a part of this project and fans will be overwhelmed with what we are planning for this book’s release.”

Oblivion will debut as a Hardcover hybrid novel in a landscape format, mixing the traditional text based novel with highly rendered illustrations. The book is set for a San Diego Comic-Con 2010 release under the Radical Books imprint.


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Toy News: Shocker Toys hits Wizard's Chicago Comic-Con Booth #1333

Shocker Toys hits Wizard’s Chicago Comic-Con Booth #1333 with the ever popular Wizard Maxx exclusive, debuting Comic-Con exclusives and all of Indie Spotlight Series1.

Tribune’s Dick Tracy will make an appearance August 6-9th at the Rosemont, IL convention center as a hyper-articulated 6” action figure in creator Chester Gould’s black and white comic strip style. The World’s Most Famous Detective will be available in two limited run action figures. The B&W standard version with suit and pistol, limited to 50 pieces, will be available at the Shocker Toys booth #1333. The B&W variant figure, limited to 50 pieces, with Tracy in his iconic trench coat with Tommy gun, will also be available at the booth.

Shocker Toys' booth will also highlight their new articulated designer line, Mallows, with three exclusives: A Mallow version of the CCI Guy (50 pcs), The Phantom with yellow/black trunks (50 pcs) and Dethklok’s favorite rock and roll clown, Dr. Rockzo (50 pcs). On hand will also be DIY blank Mallows in black or white to design your own creations for fun at home or at the show's on-site custom contests. Artist custom Mallows will be showcased featuring artists such as Phetus, Rsin, Mad Hatter Creative and more.

If Dr. Rockzo isn't enough for fans of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, Shocker Toys will also be featuring a 50 piece re-release of the now legendary Dethklok set that took the metal world by storm in 2008.

Booth #1333 will feature contests, giveaways, feedback and new products. Also, meet Wizard Guest Geoff Beckett, the CEO of Shocker Toys, who will be answering questions about upcoming releases for Mallows, Indie Spotlight Series 2 and 3 and more. Be sure to mark it on your list of booths to visit.

In addition to the debuting exclusives, updates to the Indie Spotlight line will be on display at the booth. This includes Series 2 in the final development stages, lineup and preliminary development for Series 3, and for the second Wizard show since Philly, Indie Spotlight Series 1 is back in stock. Look for the full lineup available at the booth along with Translucent Scuds, Mini Maxx figures and more.


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