While George Clooney is enjoying the spoils that come with starring in an Academy Award-nominated film such as Gravity, the 52-year-old actor is also getting ready to release his own film, The Monuments Men, which he wrote and directed, and which hits theaters on February 7. Clooney is currently shooting the science fiction family film Tomorrowland for director Brad Bird. Earlier this week, George Clooney participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) where he talked a bit about the new Brad Bird movie.
Tomorrowland doesn’t come out for another year and a half, but it’s likely that it will be a welcome addition to Disney’s lineup of science fiction family films such as Flight of the Navigator, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and The Black Hole. While it comes to no shock that Tomorrowland will feature a lot of CGI backgrounds and characters, the thought of Clooney in a harness is quite comical to me. Clooney wrote:
I’m on set and literally have a harness on right now. I was late, because right before I was hanging from about 30 feet over four different blue screens. So as we’re talking now there are all these wires and contraptions hanging off of me. It’s really, really, really good and Brad’s a wonderful director, and a wonderful guy with a wild imagination. And if I don’t screw it up it’ll be a terrific film. Everybody’s really good in it. Anyway, you always have to be careful what you say about these films so I don’t want to sort of ruin it by telling you that everyone dies in the end. Oops, I’ve said too much.
It seems like George Clooney has a good sense of humor when it comes to spoilers. I’m sure everyone doesn’t die at the end of Tomorrowland, so take it as a playful joke. The entire Reddit AMA is worth reading. George Clooney talks about how he got involved with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Robert Rodriguez for From Dusk Till Dawn and the Bat-nipples on the Bat Suit from Batman & Robin. As for Tomorrowland, Bird is mostly known as an animator, but it looks like his newest film will blend more CGI animation and live-action than his live-action debut, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Disney recently pushed the release of Tomorrowland from Christmas 2014 to summer 2015. The new release date was presumed to be the original release date of Star Wars: Episode VII, until it was officially announced for December 2015. Disney had the May 2015 release date as a placeholder, so when Lucasfilm officially announced the release date of Episode VII, everything fell into place for Tomorrowland, which now has a better release date during the summer instead of the winter.
Tomorrowland follows a bright, optimistic, curious teen named Casey Newton. When she meets a former boy-genius inventor named Frank Walker, the unlikely pair “embarks on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.” They travel to a place that only exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland. The film’s co-screenwriter, Damon Lindelof, described the family-friendly project as a movie that will hopefully do for the Tomorrowland theme park what the Pirates of the Caribbean movies did for the Disneyland ride of the same name. Based on everything we’ve heard so far, it sounds like Tomorrowland‘s narrative will feature a fantastical version of how the theme park came to life.
Tomorrowland stars Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Thomas Robinson, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Tim McGraw, and Raffey Cassidy, and hits theaters everywhere on May 22, 2015.