The team-up of screenwriter Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird seems almost too good to be true. Lindelof, co-creator of Lost and co-writer of Prometheus and Bird, writer/director of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, are two filmmakers with major fan cachet, so it was exciting earlier this year when it was revealed Lindelof was writing for Bird to direct, a mystery project possible called 1952. The title represents a year drenched in alien lore.

In the vein of everything these two do though, that was all we knew about the project and now it seems it might not even be true. Vulture has some reported details on the project, saying it’s set in present day, and is about aliens contacting Earth, with inspiration taken from Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

UPDATE: Vulture has now changed their tune on this. It’s not actually about aliens. Read below.

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Update from /Film editor Peter Sciretta: Ryan Stewart points out on Twitter that “1952 is big in UFO lore. It’s the year Project Blue Book started.” This might give us some clues to what the project is about. According to wikipedia:

The 1952 Washington D.C. UFO incident, also known as the Washington flap or the Washington National Airport Sightings, was a series of unidentified flying object reports from July 12 to July 29, 1952, over Washington D.C.

After making a name for himself as a top animation director with films like The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Brad Bird took his first foray into live-action with last year’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The film drew high praise from critics and ordinary filmgoers alike, proving that Bird could do both forms of filmmaking equally well. And for now, it seems Bird plans to stick with live-action. Though he has a few other projects simmering at the moment, Bird’s next step is likely to be Damon Lindelof‘s 1952, the mysterious sci-fi project we first heard about last summer.

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As you know, we’re big fans of long form interviews at /Film. In the past, we’ve posted extended 30-minute and possibly even one-hour interviews found on shows as Charlie Rose and other corners of the interwebs. Its rare that we see a filmmaker or screenwriter interviewed for anything longer than that. Well, this week The Kevin Pollak Chat Show had a 2 hour and fourty minute interview with Damon Lindelof, co creator and showrunner of Lost, producer for Star Trek, co-writer/producer for Star Trek 2, writer of Jon Favreau‘s Cowboys & Aliens and Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus.

During the interview, Lindelof talks about his twitter “feud” with Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, his inspirations, learning at NYU, his early life trying to make it in Hollywood, Stephen King and King film/TV adaptations, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, the creation of Lost and working with JJ Abrams, collaborating with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on Cowboys & Aliens, working with Ridley Scott on Prometheus and how it connects to the Alien films, how the writer’s strike allowed him to produce Star Trek while also working on Lost, brief thoughts on the newly announced 1952 project he’s working on for Disney, his Larry King impression, and much more. Watch the whole interview embedded after the jump.

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Lost mastermind Damon Lindelof has really taken the dive into screenwriting. He worked on the Cowboys & Aliens script with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and will be their co-author for the Star Trek sequel, as well. He significantly rewrote Ridley Scott‘s Alien prequel to the point where it became an ‘original’ project, Prometheus. And now he has made a huge deal with Disney to write a secretive sci-fi film that is intended to fulfill “multiple platform aspirations.” Read More »