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Tomorrowland Finds A Film Composer In Michael Giacchino

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GiacchinoBrad Bird’s follow-up to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is the first collaboration with screenwriter and geek punching bag Damon Lindelof. While the science fiction film Tomorrowland doesn’t open in theaters for more than a year, Bird and Lindelof are getting the mysterious film together for an undisclosed production start date. And although Tomorrowland will be first the brainchild from Bird and Lindelof, the new family film will have a familiar tone that is the signature of almost all of Brad Bird’s movies.

The 56-year-old director announced from his Twitter account that one of his long-time collaborators will join him while making Tomorrowland a reality. The new film will feature new music from Academy Award-winning film composer Michael Giacchino. Although the announcement is not too surprising — Giacchino composed the film scores for the last three movies from Brad Bird — it is always refreshing to hear new material from the world-renowned composer.

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Tomorrowland’s Official Synopsis Teases The Mystery As Shooting Begins Today

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TomorrowlandDisney’s Tomorrowland will team up director Brad Bird with screenwriter Damon Lindelof for a mysterious science fiction family film. While there isn’t much known about the new Disney movie, production on the film is scheduled to begin today, targeting a December 2014 release date. Tomorrowland is one of Disney’s most well guarded film projects, with Bird and Lindelof taking cues from J.J. Abrams’ brand of mystery building. With Tomorrowland starting production in Vancouver, Canada, Disney also has finally released the film’s official synopsis…which really doesn’t shed light on anything.

In a press release from Disney, Tomorrowland is described thusly:

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as Tomorrowland.

It’s believed that George Clooney (Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity) will play Frank Walker, the adult version of the “former boy-genius inventor” role, while actor Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) will most likely play Casey Newton, the bright teen in question. The synopsis really doesn’t give away much, but then again we aren’t expecting many of Tomorrowland‘s mysteries to be revealed until it hits theaters in 2014.

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Tomorrowland App Reveals All Of The Interesting Items In The 1952 Mystery Box

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tomorrowland appThe image above comes from the recently released Tomorrowland smartphone app, and I gotta say, if this isn’t one of the most amazing cinematic experiences I’ve ever had in my life, I’ll understand and accept it, but with severe disappointment nestled within. As someone who wears my anticipations on my sleeve, I’m generally not a fan of gimmicky, hint-based promotions, but Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof are winning me over with Tomorrowland, both because the subject matter intrigues me, and because they’re dropping tons of hints about the project’s background without saying one way or another which specific clues are essential to the film. And I am always game to read about something as rich as the history of Walt Disney’s ambitions and affection for science and sci-fi.

The app itself is full of informational “artifacts” that explain the contents of the famous-by-now 1952 mystery box used as some of the first promotional material for the film. Need a memory refresher?

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Tomorrowland Unveils A New Logo And Cryptic Details

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tomorrowlandDisney’s Tomorrowland has already become one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2014, and the damn thing only began production the other day. For all the hype, details like plot and story have been kept a closely guarded secret. At Disney’s D23 gathering this weekend, director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) and co-writer Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness) revealed a few more details—some legit, some not so much—showed some footage, and the House that Mickey Built also unveiled a new logo for the film.

We know that George Clooney will play a temperamental inventor, Hugh Laurie a dastardly (we assume) villain, newcomer Raffey Cassidy is a robot named Athena who is key to the plot, and Under the Dome’s Britt Robertson has been tapped to play the female lead. It was also reported that Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will likely join the cast in an unspecified role. Aside from that, there are rumors that the story revolves around the Tomorrowland portion of the Disneyland theme park.

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Tomorrowland Adds Judy Greer Just In Time To Begin Production

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Judy GreerThere are a ton of high-profile science fiction film projects in various stages of the production process, and Disney’s upcoming Tomorrowland is one title that is high on that list. Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol, The Iron Giant) second live-action directorial effort, is one of the most anticipated films of 2014. The credits have now grown by one more name, and the production has finally kicked off in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Judy Greer, Kitty from Arrested Development, among other things, is in talks to join the team. This would reunite her with George Clooney—both appeared in The Descendents in 2011, and Three Kings in 1999. At the moment there is no word on what the particulars of her character will entail, but Greer is currently hard at work on the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and set to star opposite Nat Faxon in a comedy series of FX.

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Tomorrowland Launches Viral Marketing Campaign

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Tomorrowland mapAlthough the film won’t be released in theaters until December 2014, Disney is already kicking off their viral marketing campaign for Tomorrowland. Since the film isn’t based on an existing property — well, except the theme park exhibit, sort of — it’s probably a good move for Disney to build awareness for the science fiction family film sooner rather than later. At the moment, the only things going for Tomorrowland are the high-profile filmmakers and actors attached to the futuristic film, including Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof, George Clooney, and Hugh Laurie. The viral marketing campaign features an open Alternate Reality Game (ARG) called “The Optimist”, which will lead up to Disney’s annual fan celebration convention, D23, this August.

The Optimist begins with a description of the vision of Walt Disney. He built the Tomorrowland theme park with his Imagineers as a living blueprint for the future. The Optimist says that building Tomorrowland was just the beginning of Walt Disney’s vision.