Since we first heard of a mysterious film called 1952 that would team up director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof, expectations and speculation have run rampant. Clues have pointed in all kinds of directions, from UFOs to Star Wars Episode VII. The film was then titled Tomorrowland, a few more clues were revealed but we all knew, eventually the truth was going to leak. The truth, after all, was out there.

HitFix has now gotten their hands on the description of Tomorrowland, which Disney will release on December 19, 2014. This is the description that’s going around to agencies as Bird assembles his cast, beyond stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. If you’d like to keep the mystery alive for a bit longer, you’re going to want to avoid this. But, sooner or later, this was going to get out there, so why not now? Read More »

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With the (not well reviewed) fifth installment in the Die Hard series now in theaters, many people have taken the opportunity to revisit the original 1988 film. Directed by John McTiernan, the movie depicting John McClane’s terrible night saving a Los Angeles office building from a bunch of thieves is widely considered one of the best action films ever made, if not the best.

Among its biggest fans is the director of one of the best action movies in recent years, Brad Bird. The Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol director took some time off Tomorrowland prep to pen a quick ode to Die Hard for Rolling Stone. Read it below. Read More »

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 »

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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