Monday, January 28, 2013

Visions of Tomorrow

It looks like more details about the legendary animation director's next live action project have been revealed...

Brad Bird's next feature film was originally announced as 1952, a title which puzzled me because the Incredibles director was also attached to a Warner Bros. project titled 1906, a film about the San Francisco earthquake. That film doesn't seem to be getting off the ground anytime soon, though I suspect it will after this film is completed. Now, Disney D23 has announced that the film's title is not 1952; it is titled Tomorrowland. Tons of questions ensue...

Some are suggesting that it could be about Walt Disney and the creation of Disneyland, given the working title, the actual title and the photos of the mysterious box that were unveiled a few days ago. I hope it isn't, we already have a film coming out from Disney that features a portrayal of Walt Disney (Saving Mr. Banks) and it just doesn't fit the whole "original sci-fi" description from the announcements. I'm doubting it will be anyways, the box could just be another marketing trick. After all, Damon Lindelof is co-writing the screenplay with Bird.

Perhaps the title is only a reference to Tomorrowland, since it seemed like this project would be a retro-futuristic 1950s sci-fi story. Perhaps Tomorrowland and the visions of the future in the 1950s are the main inspirations behind this mysterious project. Disney hasn't taken on this sort of approach to marketing or announcements to their upcoming films, so it'll be exciting to see the mystery of this cryptic project unfold.

Tomorrowland stars George Clooney; it opens in theaters on December 19, 2014.

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