Tomorrowland

Of all the live-action projects showcased during Saturday’s live-action panel at D23, one of the most highly anticipated was Tomorrowland, the new sci-fi project by Brad Bird. Disney brought out the famous mystery box that inspired the movie, showing off its contents, and offered a peek at some “found footage” from the box. Read our report of the event after the jump.

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Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland has been the subject of all sorts of rumor and speculation since it was first announced a while back under the title 1952. Heck, for a time, there was even a wild theory going around that it was secretly Star Wars Episode VII. But now the film’s about to take a more concrete shape as production gets under way this week.

And as those cameras prepare to roll, Bird’s rounded up another name for the starry cast. Judy Greer is in negotiations for the mysterious sci-fi pic, which also features George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, and Britt Robinson. Hit the jump for the latest updates on the project.

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The D23 Expo in August will be the true coming-out party for Disney’s big 2014 Holiday release, Tomorrowland. Directed by Brad Bird and co-written by Damon Lindelof, the film stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy and Thomas Robinson telling a family centric sci-fi story about an inventor, an alternate dimension, and a young robot. (Read more specifics here). The film was listed as one of the featured titles at the Disney fan convention and, once that happens, we’ll be there to tell you all about it.

Leading up to D23 though, a viral campaign called The Optimist has begun. It follows a few characters as they uncover secrets about Tomorrowland at Disney theme parks. Read More »

D23 Mickey

One of the biggest no-shows at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con is Disney. The company who owns Pixar, Lucasfilm and more is letting its comic book division, Marvel, give a presentation to the crowd but the rest of the stacked upcoming Disney slate is nowhere to be found. The reason is that the company’s very own biennial convention, the D23 Expo, takes place a few weeks later. From August 9-11 in Anaheim, CA, all things Disney will be celebrated including their upcoming movies.

A press release has now confirmed at least a few of the movies that will be showcased at the event. There will be an animated presentation, which will focus on Frozen and The Good Dinosaur, and a live-action presentation, which features Saving Mr. Banks, Tomorrowland and Thor: The Dark World. One glaring omission (among many) is Star Wars Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean it won’t show up. Read the full press release below. Read More »

Star Wars vs. Disney

Even with a film called Tomorrowland currently in the works, Disney may soon abandon the concept in the park. The latest edition of the wonderful column Miceage on MiceChat suggests the current plan is to slowly, over the next several years, turn the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland in Anaheim into a full Star Wars area. A similar, but smaller, upgrade will be made at Walt Disney World too. And none of this will be officially revealed at the D23 Expo in August. Read More »

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Briefly: Brad Bird‘s upcoming Disney film, Tomorrowland, is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2014. Written by Damon Lindelof, the family sci-fi fantasy features three lead characters: a teenage girl, a middle-aged inventor and a girl robot. We’ll keep the precise nature of their story quiet here, but you can get more details from a link below. As for casting, George Clooney is the inventor, Raffey Cassidy is the robot and now two actresses are up for the lead of the teenage girl.

They are Britt Robertson, from the upcoming Under the Dome and The Secret Circle, and Naomi Scott, star of the Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth and Fox’s Terra Nova. They’re both doing full makeup tests in the upcoming weeks.

There’s no guarantee either actress will get the role, but depending on the tests, one of these two could be your star on December 12, 2014. Read more about the plot to Tomorrowland here. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Muppets Again - train station with James Bobin

Disney just changed a bunch of release dates and titles, offering a glimpse at what the company that owns Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm has in store in the coming years. No Star Wars Episode VII news yet, but here are the highlights:

  • The Muppets …Again has changed its title to Muppets Most Wanted. It still opens March 21, 2014.
  • Two untitled Marvel movies will be released May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
  • Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland arrives a week earlier on December 12, 2014.
  • Rob Marshall’s musical Into The Woods is now scheduled for December 25, 2014.
  • A sequel to Planes, called Planes: Fire and Rescue, will be released on July 18, 2014.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner opens October 10, 2014.
  • Lasse Hallestrom’s The Hundred-Foot Journey comes out August 8, 2014.

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1952 box

Grantland has an amazing interview with screenwriter/producer Damon Lindelof which you should find the time to read (it is long). He talks about many things in the interview, but I want to focus on his discussion on the origins of Tomorrowland, the upcoming movie directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney. There is a lot of interesting stuff here, especially if you’re a Disneyland geek like me. Lindelof, for the first time publicly, confirms that while the story has ties to Walt Disney’s theme park creation, we won’t see Disneyland in the actual movie. Read an excerpt after the jump.

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