'Oblivion' Director Takes You Inside Tom Cruise's Next Adventure

The "Oblivion" trailer showed that Earth is a memory worth fighting for — and it's certainly a memory that's been with director Joseph Kosinski for quite a while.

"I started writing this small character-driven science fiction story that was in the vein of those science fiction films of the 1970s that involved this lone survivor among the ruins of civilization, like 'Mega Man' or 'Silent Running' — it was kind of in that vein," the filmmaker told MTV News in a recent interview. "I thought if it was going to be my first movie it would have to be something very small and contained in order to even get a chance at pulling it off."

"So it's the story of a drill repair man, Jack Harper, who is one of the last human beings left on earth after a massive war, which was the result of an alien invasion," he continued. "Even though humankind won the war, Earth was left in such a state that we had to look for another place to settle, and Jack is left behind to monitor and secure the resource gathering operation that's happening where we're gathering the last bit of energy out of the earth's seawater in order to move onto the next step."

For more on "Oblivion," read the full interview with Kosinski.

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