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]

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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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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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Brad Bird Mission Impossible

With each and every movie he releases, Brad Bird raises his own bar. He went from small amazing animation in The Iron Giant, to big amazing animation in The Incredibles. That was followed by transcendent animation in Ratatouille, then live action blockbuster in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. That resume puts a ton of pressure on the director not only for his next movie, the Disney themed-Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, but anything he does next.

Two projects Bird has discussed as follow-ups are a sequel to The Incredibles, something fans have been begging for since 2004, and a new Star Wars movie. The director talked about both in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, confirming he’s constantly thinking about The Incredibles 2, would like to do that, and that Kathleen Kennedy ask him if he wanted to direct Star Wars Episode VIIRead More »

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A few film creators are working overtime to ensure that their upcoming projects stay as secret as possible. Christopher Nolan and his cinematographer/protege director Wally Pfister are one such team, and JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof are another. Accordingly, Brad Bird‘s next film, Tomorrowland, co-scripted by Lindelof (with Jeff Jensen), is a project about which we know relatively little.

We know that Tomorrowland is inspired in part by artifacts and ideas from Walt Disney. And we’ve heard that it has some similarity, if only in tone, to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Lindelof has said that aliens aren’t a big factor, and we know that George Clooney plays the lead and Hugh Laurie the antagonist. And we had heard a plot description that may or may not have been true.

Now, a bit of casting news seems to confirm the plot.

The news is that Raffey Cassidy, the actress who played a young Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, has been cast in an important Tomorrowland role. The specifics of that role give away something big about the film, however, and so we’ll run down the details after the break. Potential spoilers follow. Read More »

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 »

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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