Brad Bird’s highly secretive and very mysterious new sci-fi, 1952, has added more mystery to the plot as Disney have revealed the films new title, Tomorrowland. Written by Damon Lindelof, very little is known about this sci-fi film other than the fact George Clooney stars in it, and Bird and Lindelof are working on a script based on an idea of Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. The film also has a release date of 19th December 2014.
There have been rumors that the film is based on the building of a theme park, and there has also been talk of possible alien involvement in the story, but while we can only speculate, some photos were revealed recently which may, or may not help fans decide just what the Hell this film is about.
Supposedly the idea for the film came about when Lindelof found an unopened box in Disney’s vaults with a label calling it simply “1952”. Later, Lindelof and Bird teased fans on Twitter by posting a picture of the boxes contents:
Inside the box, which supposedly provided inspiration for the story, is a copy of the book Model Research: The National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics 1918-1958 by military history professor Alex Roland (published in 1985), and an August 1928 edition of Amazing Stories magazine, featuring a man in a flying suit on the cover — the first appearance of the time-leaping hero Buck Rogers.
There is also what appears to be some sort of 45 record, the nozzle of a small rocket engine, and a scattering of photos of Walt Disney himself.
Vulture also posted a description of ‘The Legend of 1952’s Genesis’, and while again it doesn’t exactly help matters, it is still very intriguing:
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.
The plot thickens!
(Sources: Vulture, EW)