Oblivion Writer Says Film Turned Out Different Than Expected

News Simon Brew
1/22/2015 at 7:38AM

Writer William Monahan on how his original idea for Oblivion "differed enormously" from what made it to the screen...

Back in 2013, Tom Cruise scored a decent-sized sci-fi hit with Oblivion. The movie teamed him up with TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and it remains a derivative sci-fi movie, but a terrific one to look at.

However, it's also a film that differed enormously from the original script that was penned for it. William Monahan - who wrote The Gambler and The Departed - revealed to us that a lot changed from his idea for the film, to what we eventually saw.

"It differed enormously," he told us. "I’d written something I think was very good, perhaps a science fiction classic, which I imagine got the film greenlit, and then it was turned by subsequent writers into cannon fodder, despite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko, all of whom I love."

He added that "there’s nothing left of me except drone behaviour, some story, the seawater collectors, and Horatius at the Gate. I never tried for credit. The director and the studio made their bed and they can have it. Not taking credit probably cost me a significant amount in royalties, but I don’t care."