Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof, with Jeff Jensen, are cooking up a big secret with Tomorrowland, a Disney-backed film that seems to have roots in parts of Disney’s past.

Though the precise nature of the story has been kept from the public, George Clooney is known to be the lead. Now Hugh Laurie is joining the cast as the villain.

What exactly will Laurie do to menace Clooney? The film was originally positioned as having some similarity to Close Encounters of the Third Kind; between that and the film’s first working title, 1952, speculation ran rampant that aliens will be featured. Damon Lindelof scuttled that idea, or tried to, but the latest theory is that UFOs play a big part in the story. Read More »

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Brad Bird‘s new film, written by Damon Lindelof and Bird, and developed at Disney, has been going under the working title 1952 for the past few months. That led to plenty of speculation about the nature of the story, but Bird and Lindelof have been tight-lipped rather than reveal any details. The biggest teaser we’ve had was a recent photo of a box of archive materials that the two revealed last week.

Now the biggest tease is out: the working title 1952 has been scrapped, and the real title, Tomorrowland, announced in its place. Combined with elements revealed from that box, such as photos of Walt Disney, the title must be assumed as a reference to the Tomorrowland attraction opened at Disneyland in 1955. Read More »

Yesterday writer/producer Damon Lindelof tweeted out a photo of a box which featured the handwritten label “1952″. Hours later, director Brad Bird tweeted out a second photo, revealing the contents of the mystery box. Is this the beginning of a viral marketing campaign for Bird’s Disney feature film 1952? What does this box mean? We have the answers (or at least some of them) after the jump.

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We now know almost everything there is to know about 1952, minus the plot. Directed by Brad Bird, from a script by Damon Lindelof and Bird, it’ll be released on December 19, 2014. Previously rumored star George Clooney has now officially been set to headline the film and it’ll be in 3D, Bird’s first time with the format. Read some thoughts below.

UPDATE: Though it came from an official Disney press release, Bird denies the claim of 3D. Read more below.

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Brad Bird‘s next film 1952, also known as not Star Wars Episode VII despite early rumors to the contrary, has yet to be greenlit. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof is confident, however, that it will get made. In a new interview, the man who co-created Lost and co-wrote Prometheus, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, explains how he got Bird on board the project. Lindelof explains that he and the director have been co-writing the latest draft for the past few months and that they hope production can start mid-2013. No plot details yet, but it seems like the writer is dying to tell us all what this film, which is likely to star George Clooney and has sci-fi DNA, is about. Read more below. Read More »

This weekend brought a ton of news and rumor on the Star Wars front so we’ve pulled it all together in one convenient place for your speculative pleasure. After the jump, read about:

  • Brad Bird says he’s not directing Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Colin Trevorrow seemed to suggest he was in the running months ago, but now considers himself a long shot.
  • Peter Mayhew, better known as Chewbacca, commented on the new movies and a desire to return.
  • A rumor has come up saying that Lando Calrissian is definitely in the film.
  • Dark Horse is selling 150 digital Star Wars comics in one on Black Friday.
  • A potential release date has been leaked, but it doesn’t feel quite right.

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After gallivanting about outer space in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, George Clooney will (possibly) see outer space coming to him in Brad Bird‘s 1952. The star has just entered negotiations for the sci-fi tentpole, which is set up at Disney. The script comes from Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof, and has drawn comparisons to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. More details after the jump. Read More »

UPDATE: Not surprisingly, the rumor that 1952 is a cover for Star Wars VII has already been debunked thanks to an insider who spoke with First Showing. Original story follows.

Tuesday’s news that Disney had plans to create a whole new Star Wars trilogy immediately sparked a thousand blog posts (including ours) about who should direct the next installment. But if one intriguing theory making the rounds turns out to be true, the die may already have been cast.

Said speculation hinges on the notion that the top-secret Brad Bird / Damon Lindelof project set up at Disney, currently titled 1952, is actually Star Wars VII. Does it hold water? Hit the jump to read more.

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