Get ready for what will be the either best or worst kept movie secret of the next two years. Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican reported Monday that Disney's top-secret, George Clooney-starring project — previously known as 1952 — will now be called Tomorrowland. But this ain't no theme-park spin-off. With big names attached like director Brad Bird, writers Damon Lindelof and (full disclosure: EW writer) Jeff Jensen, and — oh, yeah — that Clooney guy, chatter is only likely to grow as the film nears its December 2014 release date, and today's news offers an intriguing clue or two (we think) as to what this blockbuster might look like. Here's everything (we think) we know, and what (we think) might get leaked next:
Tomorrowland was inspired by a box
No, really. Apparently Lindelof, he of Lost, Star Trek, and, uh, Prometheus fame, got a box one day at Disney, then started writing a movie about it. According to a Vulture story from October:
We hear that last spring, when Lindelof had a meeting to discuss the project with Disney’s head of production, Sean Bailey, the Disney exec arranged for Lindelof to be given access to one of the studios odder curiosities: a banker’s box of files and documents that had been left moldering in Walt Disney’s personal development lab, WED Enterprises, which later became the studio’s vaunted Imagineering department.
The box had been labeled That Darn Cat! — after one of the studio's films starring Hayley Mills —but the label had been crossed off and "1952" was written in its place. Last week Lindelof and Bird tweeted pictures of the outside and inside of the box.