First-time director Joseph Kosinski is looking to possibly follow-up his ‘Tron: Legacy’ debut with the comic book-based apocalyptic science fiction film ‘Oblivion’. According to Deadline, Universal Pictures is the front-runner negotiating to finance and distribute the film.

Tom Cruise is also said to be in talks to star in the sci-fi film. ‘Oblivion’ is a futuristic love story that takes place when an unihabitable earth surface has forced most of the population to live in the clouds above. Cruise would play a surface dwelling soldier who repairs drones that patrol and blast a savage alien life form. He then encounters a beautiful woman who has crashed on the surface and they have an experience that forces him to question his world view.

Based on an idea from Kosinski and published by Radical Publishing, Disney acquired the property in a heated auction last summer beating out Universal, Paramount, Fox and Chernin Entertainment. But, recently Disney decided not go forward with gritty PG-13 concept and now Kosinski is shopping it around to other studios.

Disney still has several projects in the works with Kosinski including another ‘Tron’ sequel and ‘The Black Hole’ reboot.