“Oblivion” crew plans shoot in Mono


Tom Cruise plays last man on Earth.


Morgan Freeman brings his classic personna to "Oblivion".

Movie Director Joseph Kosinski, best known for “Tron: Legacy”, has a new science fiction movie in the works.  His film “Oblivion” will star Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo.  The movie’s publicist confirmed local reports that the crew will film in Mono County this summer.

In fact, the Mono County Tourism and Film Commission planned to talk about that at Wednesday’s meeting in Lee Vining.  Details on exact locations of the shoots in Mono County are still under consideration. Sources tell us June Lake is highly favored.

Claire Raskind, publicist for the film, did confirm to Sierra Wave Media that “Oblivion” will film in our region this summer.  Raskind is currently in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a shoot for the movie.  Beyond that, Raskind said she could not comment.

Locally, sources close to the situation did say that a fairly large production crew would set up in June Lake.  We understand that crews have already made room reservations and have worked on preliminary set-ups in the area.

The story line of the movie, “Oblivion” involves the destruction of Earth and a society that moves to the clouds.  Cruise will play a soldier who is stuck alone on the planet, repairing the drones that patrol and destroy a savage alien life form.  He encounters a beautiful woman who crashes in a craft and, according to film buffs, their experience together forces him to question his world view.

Disney originally bought the story, but worked a deal with Director Kosinski. According to some reports, the film crew will head to Iceland for a shoot before coming to the Eastern Sierra.  The release date of “Oblivion” has been reported as late April, 2013.


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25 Responses to “Oblivion” crew plans shoot in Mono

  1. Ken Warner May 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Pretty much a non-event. You won’t even know when they are done and you won’t get a chance to bungie jump with Tom Cruise,

    Relax people…

  2. Trouble May 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    It’s been 20 years since I saw a Cruise movie worth a dime.

  3. Friar Tuck May 24, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Great to see another California industry spending time/cash in the eastern Sierras. Let’s hope they use local vendors for their support needs.

  4. Rob May 24, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Movie people stifle more industry then anyone in California. They’ve lobbied to raise taxes for businesses while excluding themselves. And of course they don’t care how expensive gasoline gets as they have more money then they know what to do with.

    I have no use for them. They pretty much support their own needs.

  5. Just the facts May 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    This topic at a glance:
    4 negative comments/ one positive.

    It’s becoming clearer and clearer the type that finds themselves on this blog.

    Never realized how deep the negativity goes today.

  6. Think Before Writing May 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Great score by Mono County. The county has a lot to offer to the movie industry. One could film in snow capped mountains, by or on a lake, in the forest or in the desert all in one day.

    Thanks for bringing $$ to Mono County businesses. Every little bit helps.

    • Rob May 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

      I suppose we could all wear rosed colored glasses

  7. Sierra Lady May 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Here is the Mono County Tourism link to the casting call website:


    You can make a little dough if you you’re 18-55 yrs. old and want to be an extra.

    It’s always a good thing when Mono or Inyo County is used for films or commercials. The lodging industry especially benefits!

    B. Richter

    • esfotoguy May 30, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      The lodging in June Lake isnt going to benefit….the area was already booked up for summer….the location director shouldve done a little research about the seasonality of the area. TML will get the t.o.t. benefits.

      • Wayne Deja May 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

        esfotoguy….There are still properties available in June Lake for this activity….able to rent by the day,week or month…know that for a fact…Besides,if you were a big name actor,or involved in this shoot,where would you want to spend your time when not on set ?..The laid back environment,small town,nice places to dine,and beautiful sights to see in June Lake….or the circus atmosphere,and out of control night-life that So Calers bring to Mammoth Lakes ? Tom Cruise or Morgan Freeman couldn’t walk out their door without being harrassed by a bunch of goof-balls wanting to buy them a drink.

        • Bill May 31, 2012 at 8:49 am #

          “…circus atmosphere, and out of control night-life”… of Mammoth Lakes? Hahahaha And you know this to be true, Wayne, because you come here so often?

          I’ve seen plenty of famous actors and musicians out and about in
          Mammoth, and they get ignored and left alone. Most locals will treat them just as they would any other person. Once again – superfluous Wayne up to his usual bashing of ML.

        • esfotoguy June 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

          Actually they are stayin M.L….Universal has a lodging contract w/ one of big ‘resorts’…..Cruise and Freeman arent even gonna be here….The scene being filmed is filler. A majority of it was filmed in Louisiana.

      • Big AL May 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

        I don’t think they were too worried about the availability or rooms in June Lake. Most likely they will all go to Mammoth to party and dine and crash. Pretty much a given.The comment about researching the availability of lodging is a reach, I’m sure they researched it and came up with what they needed and wanted.

  8. esfotoguy May 29, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    its going to be shot on the owner of the Double Eagles Resorts property…..between her monstrosity house and Silverlake…on the north end of the meadow. Lets just hope they dont trash the area like most on- location- shoots.

    • Wayne Deja May 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      esfotoguy….Amen…happens in the Alabama Hills(at times) after a shoot or a commercial….but what is most annoying when they come to town,and into the Hills area,they kinda think they “take over”..their own “security” walking around with their chests puffed out thinking they are in control of one and all…most of the time not very friendly…the worst was when they shot “Iron Man”…..I think they thought all the locals were in awe,and ready to pounce on Robert Downey Jr. as soon as he got off the bus.

    • Big AL May 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      Yes, hopefully that won’t trash it.

  9. BS Buster May 30, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Aw, come on Wayne.

    “… walking around with their chests puffed out thinking they are in control of one and all.”

    That’s a wee bit exaggerated isn’t it?

    But these are angry, angry times. Some are mad at everything and everybody. Then when things calm down for them a bit, they get another dose of talk-radio programs and they’re off again.

    • Big AL May 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      OMG … here we go with the talk radio crap again LOL ..

  10. Wayne Deja May 30, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    BS Buster,,,,What in the heck are you trying to say ?

  11. BS Buster May 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Those evil film production companies from the lousy south should all be taken out and beaten within an inch of their despicable, selfish, self-centered, puffed-up nasty, filthy lives and when they are gone, all that should be done is to utter nothing but the nastiest phrases and hurl the dirtiest insults about every one of those puffed-up stinking dirty scoundrels who spread everything that is wrong and evil in this world.

    There ya go, Wayne.

    • Dave May 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

      BS Buster AKA Just the facts:

      I would like to meet you face to face someday so I can bust some BS. I’ll bet you were picked on as a kid and this is your form of revenge. Very amusing actually.

    • Wayne Deja May 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

      …..HUH ?..Have you ever considered professional help ?

  12. Watch out for Dave June 1, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Dave’s been listening to Limbaugh again.
    Right is right. – Right, Dave?
    Now go out there and punch some film executive or extra in the mouth, Dave.
    That’ll learn ’em.

    : >

    • Eric Torrez June 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      Sounds like its gonna be a great movie cant wait to be in it! 🙂

    • A social mystery June 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      I wonder what angry middle-aged neoconservatives like Dave are NOT angry about?


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