There’s been a flurry of Disney-related news as of late, and a few days after finding out that J.J. Abrams would be directing Star Wars: Episode VII, we received an update on another unrelated project in development from his Lost cohort Damon Lindelof. Up until now, the top secret sci-fi project was going under the title 1952 with Brad Bird attached to direct and George Clooney in talks for the lead role. Last week Ain’t It Cool News posted a photo of a briefcase that supposedly held clues as to what the movie might be about. Although the plot still has not yet been revealed, we have since learned that the movie will be called Tomorrowland, which also happens to be an attraction at several Disney theme parks. But what does it all mean?
The official title was announced through a press release from Disney, which offers very little information aside from a confirmation that George Clooney will indeed star. We’ve known for a while now that after the success of The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney has been working to develop several other movies based on theme park rides (including The Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Matterhorn, and Magic Kingdom). Tomorrowland is, of course, a group of attractions themed around future technology and inventions (some of which have since become retro-futurist in design).
The briefcase (pictured below) that Damon Lindelof was supposedly inspired by seems to contain several black and white photos of Walt Disney himself, which has led some to believe that this could be a Walt Disney biopic or a movie about the creation of Disneyland in 1955. There is also a copy of an August 1928 edition of Amazing Stories magazine, featuring the first appearance of Buck Rogers. My guess is that none of these items mean anything specifically, and this will simply be a sci-fi movie with the Tomorrowland name slapped on for marketing purposes. Are you excited about Tomorrowland? What do you think this movie will be about?