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Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland May Involve Walt Disney And UFOs

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Over the past few months, there has been much speculation about Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s upcoming sci-fi film, Tomorrowland. When we first learned of the mysterious project, it simply had a working title of “1952,” but now it seems a Disney historian may have uncovered the truth behind Tomorrowland.

Jeff Hill, a historian of all things that involve Walt Disney and the Disney Corporation, has unlocked the secrets of Brad Bird’s “1952” mystery box. According to Hill, the box was first brought out in a story meeting with Disney Executive Sean Bailey. The contents of the box were originally for Disney’s 1965 comedy That Darn Cat, starring Hayley Mills, but then alternatively re-labeled 1952. The box belonged to WED Enterprises, Walter Elias Disney’s Imagineering company.

A few weeks ago, Disney Archivist Director Becky Cline examined the contents of the box and broke down each item that appeared in the photo Damon Lindelof tweeted. It held an important clue that pointed to “Project Blue Book,” the U.S. Air Force group assigned to investigate reports of flying saucers back in the 1950s.

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Tomorrowland Mystery Box Decoded By Disney Blog

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What’s in the box!? It seems like J.J. Abrams’ penchant for the dramatic is rubbing off on Brad Bird. The new feature film from the former Pixar director — previously referred to as 1952, now revealed as Tomorrowland — has been the center of much speculation after Bird tweeted an image of a box with the label “1952” on it. Supposedly the key to Tomorrowland’s story movie is inside this mystery box.

According to the Disney blog D23, the contents of the box are important to the understanding of the movie. The direction of the film is to offer up a family movie with a science fiction twist, but what will Tomorrowland bring to audiences? The latest rumor is that Bird’s new film could possibly feature Walt Disney covering up an alien invasion at Disneyland.

The Disney blog turned to Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline to unravel the “1952” box. She surmised a military angle, thanks to black-and-white photos of Walt Disney with one Major Woodlief, of the U.S. Army Reserve General Fund. The photo was taken in September 1943. Cline goes on to mention the Disney Studios’ work and partnership with the U.S. Government after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It seems like Tomorrowland will have some sort of a possible alien cover-up or science fiction element to it. Cline says:

From the age, type, and conditions of the items I can see, I feel that the materials in the box were gathered together for a project from the past. Perhaps as research for a science-fiction-themed film, television, or park attraction, or even a futurism project like Walt’s vision of EPCOT.”

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Could Bird And Lindelof’s Tomorrowland Be Related To The Rock’s Project Of The Same Name?

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From the moment it was first revealed that Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof were collaborating on a super-secret science fiction film for Disney, codenamed 1952, there’s been much speculation about the project. We eventually learned that it would star George Clooney, and just last week it was announced that the project was now officially titled Tomorrowland, referencing the attraction at the various Disney parks over the years. But could it be that this new Tomorrowland is somehow related to a project already announced years ago?

Way back in 2008, word broke that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was signed on for a Disney flick called Tomorrowland. The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore were hired to pen a script based on an original idea, an “an epic-sized action adventure set in space.” At the time it was unclear whether it had anything to do with the theme park attraction other than the name, but Blastr provides a few more details:

The script is a family-friendly space opera with funny, futuristic tones, but this project seems temporarily marooned in a development nebula. Its fish-out-of-water plot has modern-day test pilot Rip (The Rock) transported 350 years into the future while testing a new concept plane. The future is a bright, fantastical place where every gadget or device is much more amazing than you’d expect. Stranded, Rip must figure out how things work, causing people of the future to believe Rip is a villain trying to destroy Earth.

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Brad Bird’s Mystery 1952 Sci-Fi Project Will Be Re-Titled Tomorrowland

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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.