Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s mystery science fiction project just became slightly less mysterious. Disney has announced that the sci-fi project previously code-named “1952” will now be called Tomorrowland. The title alone sparks the imagination.
Rumors and speculation have been swirling about the subject matter of the project for a while, and now we know it has something to do with the Disneyland theme park attraction Tomorrowland. The new film will star George Clooney and is set for release in December 2014.
Last week, Brad Bird teased the film’s production with a mystery box full of items and memorabilia, including the book “Model Research: The National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics 1918-1958,” the August 1928 edition of Amazing Stories magazine, and a pile of photos of Walt Disney from the 1950s. This led many to believe this film would be about the founding and origins of Disneyland, which opened in 1955, or about the time-leaping hero Buck Rogers.
Maybe Tomorrowland will be about the vision of the future from the standpoint of 1952. Walt Disney even said that this was what this section of Disneyland was all about. In his own words:
Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.
It was also rumored that 1952 just might be the fake working title for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII — like Blue Harvest for Return of the Jedi — back when Disney first acquired Lucasfilm in October. It was thought by many that Brad Bird would be the director of the new Star Wars movie.
Tomorrowland (formerly 1952) will be released in theaters everywhere on December 19, 2014.