‘Oblivion’ director Joseph Kosinski sees his storytelling dream become sci-fi reality


'Oblivion: Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski

‘Oblivion’ star Tom Cruise, left, talks with writer-director Joseph Kosinski on the film’s Baton Rouge set. (David James / Universal Pictures)

Mike Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  By Mike Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 

❝It was April 2005, and — between dreams of one day becoming a real, honest-to-goodness filmmaker — an unemployed, unknown 31-year-old kid decided he wasn’t going to just wait anymore for good things to happen. He was going to make then happen.

And so Joseph Kosinski put pen to paper and started writing a story. He couldn’t have realized it at the time, but he was writing his own future at the same time.

His goal — as with any good writer — was simple: He wanted to tell a story that inspired people to think, something that affected them on more than just a superficial level, something that got under their skin. In that regard, the result of those long-ago labors — the big-budget, sci-fi adventure “Oblivion,” which shot in Baton Rouge and New Orleans last year, and which opens Friday (April 19) in wide release — is something of a two-for-one deal.❞

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