There’s no doubt about it, when Director Brad Bird takes on a project anticipation and expectations in geekdom can, for better or worse, swell to great heights. Add Lost co-creator Damon Lindleof into the mix and we’ve got a whole new set of feelings to wade through. When news came that Bird and Lindleof were working together on a project for Disney called 1952, film geeks everywhere perked up. Earlier this year when the title changed to Tomorrowland, many of us raised our eyebrows, as we figured this had to be tied in with the classic Disney sub-theme park — home of the infamous Space Mountain. So, just what could Bird and Lindelof be cooking up for Disney? And would Lindelof be bringing his particular brand of “mystery-box” writing to the project?
Fresh details on just what this Tomorrowland could bring, after the jump.
Director Brad Bird’s secretive project at Disney looks to have found its villain. Previously referred to as 1952, the possibly sci-fi project was co-written by Bird and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and recently landed the new title of Tomorrowland. The plot has been kept firmly under wraps, but we know that George Clooney is the film’s star and the story has been described as being in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Now, as the film marches towards a production start-date later this year, Bird has settled on the actor to play his villain: House star Hugh Laurie. Hit the jump for more.
Director Brad Bird’s feature film collaboration with screenwriter Damon Lindelof has an intriguing new title. Previously referred to as 1952, the project (which stars George Clooney) was hatched when Lindelof stumbled across a box in Walt Disney’s personal development lab with the label “1952.” Lindelof and Bird tweeted pictures of the box’s contents last week, giving us a tease as to what the film’s plot may involve. Rumors have swirled that the story may have something to do with the creation of a theme park, and that theory has been given a bit more credence today as Disney has announced that 1952 has been retitled Tomorrowland.
Nothing further was revealed, but my interest in this project seems to grow with each new revelation. Lindelof and Bird are currently working on the script based on an idea by Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, with Bird set to direct and produce. The two hope to begin production this year in anticipation of the film’s December 19, 2014 release date.
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.
Disney has announced a slew of release date changes. Briefly:
Hit the jump for more details, including the confirmation of George Clooney in 1952 and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean 5. [Update: Brad Bird has now stated via Twitter that 3D has not been discussed for 1952, so Disney's press release may have been mistaken. This doesn't mean the film absolutely won't be in 3D, just that Bird hasn't OK'd it yet.]
I’ll be honest, I did very little preparation for this week’s Top 5. With the all-encompassing destruction of the Mayan Apocalypse staring us in the face, I kind of figured what’s the point? No one’s going to care about movie news when Smoke from Mortal Kombat III’s fatality proves prophetic and Earth explodes, right? Alas, as is so often the case, the Mayans failed us and I was forced to pull things together at the last minute.
In this, our first post-Mayan calendar installment, we have This Is 40 interviews with Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, and Paul Rudd, a new teaser trailer and images for Star Trek Into Darkness, the first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain, the scoop on Damon Lindelof‘s lack of involvement in the Prometheus sequel and new info on 1952, and the first red-band clip and poster from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End. Brief recaps and links to each are waiting after the jump.
While there are always many projects in development in the studio system, 1952 is near the top of my list. That’s because not only is Damon Lindelof writing the film, it’s going to be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), who only makes awesome movies. While plot details are under wraps, everything points towards a large scale mystery film that may star George Clooney. The last thing we heard about the plot was, “the picture is said to center on the journey of a middle-aged man and his contact with alien life,” but this one liner could easily be wrong.
At a recent Bad Robot press event for the Star Trek sequel (more on that soon), I got to speak to Lindelof about 1952 and asked how it’s going. He revealed that he hopes to be in production in mid-2013, that Bird is now co-writing the film, and how he got Bird to direct the project. He also says the film is not yet greenlit but when they figure out some casting elements and the budget, “we’ll be able to announce what this movie is.” Hit the jump for more.
George Clooney (Ocean’s Eleven) is reportedly in talks to star in Disney’s 1952, an extraterrestrial pic in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Written by Damon Lindelof (Star Trek) and Jeff Jensen, 1952 will be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles). Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the picture is said to center on the journey of a middle-aged man and his contact with alien life. We previously reported that the title is a reference to a banker’s box of files and documents that had been left in Walt Disney’s personal development lab. The contents of the box were documents and primary source materials that look like someone had been working on a project about alien contact. Additionally, “1952″ could refer to the appearance of seven UFOs on radar at Washington’s National Airport. Hit the jump for more, including how this affects Bird’s schedule and chances to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.
Back in May, we reported that Brad Bird was set to direct a mysterious blockbuster for Disney entitled 1952. Written by Damon Lindelof, details on the project were practically non-existent, but new information has come to light. According to Vulture, the movie is about aliens making first contact on Earth in the present day. Furthermore, Bird and Lindelof are reportedly looking to make the movie in the vein of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the protagonist will be a man in his mid-40s like Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss). No word if this man will go crazy, play with his food, and abandon his family to live with the aliens. [Correction: Vulture has updated its story to note that while 1952 is similar in the sense of Neary's journey--putting the pieces together to solve a mystery--the film will not involve contact with aliens.]
Hit the jump for more on 1952.
Well this is news that’s sure to please the cinephile/nerd/geek community. Last year, Lost co-creator and Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof was tapped by Disney to pen a large-scale mystery film for Disney. The project was shrouded in secrecy, and we still know nothing about the plot other than the fact that it may or may not be in the sci-fi genre and it’s called 1952. Now it appears that The Incredibles and The Iron Giant director Brad Bird, who made an extremely successful live-action debut with last year’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is coming onboard to direct. Hit the jump for more.
Damon Lindelof co-created a pop culture hit with Lost and Disney is hoping that he can bring that same magic (sans the controversial ending) to the big screen. Deadline reports that Lindelof has signed a 7-figure deal with the studio to write and produce a large-scale sci-fi film tentatively titled 1952. And that’s all that’s known about it at this time. Does the title refer to a date? To a code? To the number of possible endings he Lindelof could have used for Lost? No one knows, but Disney is conceiving of the project for multiple platforms because why just have a film when you can turn it into video games, comic books, webisodes, and beach towels?
This will be the first film Lindelof produces from the ground-up. He’s previously worked on the screenplay for Cowboys & Aliens, he rewrote the Alien prequel into the mysterious sci-fi flick Prometheus, and he’s currently working with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on a gigantic outline for Star Trek 2. Once Lindelof finishes up with Trek 2, he’ll move on to 1952.