Though there are a number of highly anticipated projects in development at the moment (Star Wars 7 anyone?), the collaboration between director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof is certainly one of the more curious upcoming films. Titled 1952, we know very little about the pic other than it’s rumored to be about a middle-aged man’s contact with alien life. George Clooney is set to star, and the genesis of the project apparently came about when Lindelof stumbled upon a box in Walt Disney’s personal development lab with the label “1952” written on it.
Now that the film has a firm release date of December 2014 and production is set to begin later this year, Lindelof and Bird have begun teasing what’s to come. Yesterday Lindelof tweeted a picture of the unopened box, quickly followed by a tweet from Bird that reveals a snapshot of the box’s contents. Hit the jump to take a look.
If this box is indeed what inspired Lindelof’s original story, then we should be able to piece together fragments of the premise from the content of this box. There appear to be a couple of pictures of Walt Disney himself along with a 45 single and a copy of Amazing Stories. What else can you spot?
Via Lindelof’s Twitter.
Via Bird’s Twitter.
We hear that last spring, when Lindelof had a meeting to discuss the project with Disney’s head of production, Sean Bailey, the Disney exec arranged for Lindelof to be given access to one of the studios odder curiosities: a banker’s box of files and documents that had been left moldering in Walt Disney’s personal development lab, WED Enterprises, which later became the studio’s vaunted Imagineering department. The box was originally labeled with the title of the studio’s 1965 comedy That Darn Cat!, which had been crossed out and in its place was written “1952.” Inside was a random-at-first-glance collection of documents and primary source materials that, when looked at all together, indicated that someone had been working on a project (movie? theme park ride?) about alien contact. It’s unclear whether or how the box has inspired the development of the project.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of all of this, but I can say that I am incredibly excited for 1952. You can read what Lindelof told Steve about the project, including how he roped Brad Bird into directing, right here.