Joseph Kosinski (born May 3, 1974) is an American television commercial and feature film director best known for his computer graphics and computer generated imagery work. He made his big-screen directorial debut with the Disney Digital 3-D science fiction film Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 film Tron. His previous work has primarily been with CGI related television commercials including the "Starry Night" commercial for Halo 3 and the award-winning "Mad World" commercial for Gears of War.
Kosinski was raised in Marshalltown, Iowa. After moving to Los Angeles, California, in 2005, he began writing a graphic novel called Oblivion for Radical Comics. In August 2010, Walt Disney Pictures acquired the rights. William Monahan worked on the screenplay for a film adaptation. In March 2011, it was reported that Karl Gajdusek would rewrite the screenplay. Attempts to keep the film at a PG rating were unsuccessful leading to Disney giving up the rights, which were then acquired by Universal Pictures which agreed to a PG13 rating. The $100-million-budgeted film is scheduled to begin filming in October 2011 with Tom Cruise in the lead role.
In 2007, Warner Brothers hired him to direct the remake of Logan’s Run, a 1970s science fiction film. In 2009, he directed the special effects-laden Tron: Legacy. Using high-speed digital cameras, such as Vision Research’s Phantom models, the film was in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, with a release of December 2010. In November 2009 it was revealed that Kosinski will direct a remake of the 1979 movie The Black Hole. He is set to direct the science-fiction film Archangels.
In November 2012, Kosinski’s name became one of many directors that have been attached to possibly direct Star Wars Episode VII which is set for release in 2015.