Walt Disney Studios has been keeping details about George Clooney‘s “1952” project under lock and key, with the exception of announcing a 2014 release date. Now comes the news Clooney is confirmed to star, and the film’s title is officially “Tomorrowland.”
Plot details have remained closely guarded, but it’s been reported the film, written by Damon Lindelof (“Star Trek,” “Prometheus”) and Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”) is a sci-fi alien flick, a la “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
The title was said to reference a file box, labeled “1952,” found in Walt Disney’s development lab after his death.
For the uninitiated, Tomorrowland is also one of eight “lands” at Disneyland Park. Walt bought the property in 1953, so perhaps there is some connection there. Or it could just be a clever way for Disney to capitalize on the sure success of the Clooney vehicle with a tie-in for the amusement park.
The Tomorrowland attraction is currently anchored by Michael Jackson‘s “Captain EO” and hasn’t seen a major overhaul since 1998. As for the film, the concept for the tent-pole project is attributed to Jeff Jensen, and Bird will direct.