J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has some competition when it comes to the title of “Most Secretive Science Fiction Flick In Hollywood At The Moment.” We know that Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof are collaborating on a project called — or possibly code-named — 1952. We know it’s a science fiction movie of some sort. And…well, that’s pretty much it. That level of secrecy is always impressive in the internet age, and it’s bound to make people more curious about 1952 than they would be if there was already an official synopsis out. Now we can add one other tidbit to our very short list: George Clooney is in talks to play the lead.
The project hasn’t even received a greenlight yet, but given how well Bird’s first live-action directorial project went (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), he’d probably have to get flattened by a falling piano before Disney would slam the brakes on the project. 1952’s actual storyline is still very hush-hush, but comparisons have been made to Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and it’s rumored to follow “a man who makes contact with aliens on Earth.” So we can expect Clooney to be the contact-ee, assuming all goes well and Bird stays out from under pianos being hoisted up the side of skyscrapers.
Bird will be directing the secret science fiction flick, from a script written by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Disney has also revealed that 1952 is set for a December 19, 2014 release date.