Pixar has a string of original films due out over the next couple of years, but they’ll be returning to sequels in 2016 with Finding Dory. The studio needs to pay the bills with known properties, and it looks like they’ll have a couple more on the way. According to /Film, Disney chief Bob Iger told investors that The Incredibles creator Brad Bird is writing The Incredibles 2. Iger also said Pixar is working on another Cars film, which isn’t much of a surprise considering that kids will buy the merchandise forever.
The reason to get excited is for The Incredibles 2 since Bird is going to be involved. The filmmaker has never written off the possibility of a sequel, and a few years ago he said he had “some ideas” for it. He’s currently working on his second live-action feature, Tomorrowland (due out May 22, 2015), and I doubt we’d see The Incredibles 2 until probably 2018 at the earliest. Nevertheless, it’s still exciting that the superhero family might be returning to the big screen. Hit the jump for a recap of Pixar’s current release schedule.
Say what you will about some of the studio’s recent output, but Pixar’s operating process has remained steadfastly left-of-center since it broke out big with Toy Story in 1995. Many expected the studio to move to Los Angeles or take on a more traditional method of production following its immense success, but Pixar maintains its central headquarters in Emeryville, California and sticks to its central, creativity-inspiring work philosophies. One of the most curious aspects of the studio is the Pixar Braintrust, a group of Pixar creatives that weighs in on all of the studio’s features on a regular basis with a brutal honesty.
In an excerpt from his upcoming book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar President Ed Catmull offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the Braintrust process, offering extensive examples from Toy Story 3 and director Pete Docter’s new film Inside Out. Read some of Catmull’s insights after the jump.
Production began last month on Brad Bird’s new film, Tomorrowland. Per the synopsis: “Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.” Today, Bird announced on Twitter that he’s reteaming with composer Michael Giacchino for Tomorrowland. Giacchino has scored all of Bird’s movies except for The Iron Giant, and I’m glad the director and composer will be working together again.
Tomorrowland is the latest blockbuster on Giacchino’s agenda. He’s also scoring the 2014 movies Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jupiter Ascending. Tomorrowland opens December 12, 2014.
What do Disney, The Oatmeal, and Nikola Tesla have in common? The real answer might be tucked safely away inside the mystery box, but at the very least it was Brad Bird’s upcoming film, Tomorrowland, that brought them all together. Web cartoonist Matthew Inman, better known on the webz as The Oatmeal, recently posted on his blog about his invitation to a meeting with the Disney filmmakers and their conversation that took a strange turn towards all things Tesla. It’s safe to say that The Oatmeal is a big fan of the misunderstood scientist, and was responsible for starting a campaign that successfully saved Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory. Since The Oatmeal himself admits that he’s not the foremost expert on Tesla, why would Disney fly him out there to talk tech? Misdirection? Hype machine? Something else entirely? Hit the jump for more.
Disney announced today that filming is officially underway in Vancouver on director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) new film Tomorrowland. Bird co-wrote the screenplay for the secretive film with Damon Lindelof, based on an idea by Bird, Lindelof, and Jeff Jensen, and the official synopsis is as follows:
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
George Clooney stars as the inventor and Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) is the teenager, while Hugh Laurie plays the film’s antagonist. Bird has assembled an impressive filmmaking team to bring the project to life, including Oscar-winning Life of Pi and Oblivion cinematographer Claudio Miranda. Hit the jump to read the full press release. Tomorrowland opens in theaters on December 12, 2014.
The female lead for director Brad Bird’s secretive upcoming film Tomorrowland has been found at last. Disney has announced that Under the Dome and Delivery Man actress Britt Robertson has been cast in a lead role in the film, which centers on “a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology who is launched on a journey to reclaim her future.” That’s about as vague a logline as can be, but I’m not complaining; it’s nice to not know every plot beat a year and a half before the movie even hits theaters.
Bird co-wrote Tomorrowland with Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, and the cast also includes George Clooney as the male lead, Hugh Laurie as the antagonist, and supporting turns by Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson. Production begins very soon, so expect more casting announcements in the coming weeks. Tomorrowland opens on December 12, 2014.
Brad Bird is currently at work on Tomorrowland, but he recently discussed a road he could take one day and a road not taken. For the former, Bird commented on the possibility of making a sequel to The Incredibles. Briefly, Bird says he hasn’t forgotten about the characters and that world. The issue is how to “get ‘em to click all together.” Bird adds that he wants to keep creative control, but he also has other projects he’s trying to work on (among them could be the historical drama, 1906). There’s also the issue of getting Pixar on board when that studio has its next four films lined-up, and while a possible sequel to one of their movies is in development, I doubt it’s Incredibles without Bird’s involvement.
Hit the jump for his full quote and what he had to say about passing on Star Wars: Episode VII.
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.]
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.
Sorry to put a damper on your weekend, but it’s looking as if director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is out of the running for Star Wars: Episode VII. Tops on may fans’ lists of dream directors for the new sequel, Bird was considered a frontrunner due to his connections with Disney (who now owns Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars, along with Pixar, of course) and the involvement of screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) who will write the screenplay for Episode VII. Bird’s schedule grew a little more complicated recently when the epic sci-fi project 1952 landed George Clooney in a lead role. Though the project isn’t greenlit (and though Twitter isn’t exactly hard journalistic evidence), it looks like this will be Bird’s next picture and, sadly, not Star Wars. Hit the jump to see what Bird had to say.
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.