Brad Bird Set to Direct Damon Lindelof's '1952', Not '1906', for Disney
Big news today for movie nerds. Deadline reports that filmmaker Brad Bird and fan-favorite film writer Damon Lindelof are teaming up for a new project at Disney. Bird, coming off of his first live-action with Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, is set to direct the mysterious large scale sci-fi project 1952. Whether that's just a codename or an actual year related to the story, we're not yet sure, but the project "has multi-platform aspirations" meaning Disney wants it for theme parks, retail stores and theaters. It'll no doubt be a "big tentpole" movie, and with these two storytellers leading the way, it is definitely something to watch for.
1952, which is all anyone really knows about this, is a large scale science fiction project that originated out of a series of meetings Lindelof had with Disney's production president Sean Bailey and senior exec Brigham Taylor. Damon is writing the script and Deadline adds that this is "the first film that Lindelof is producing from the ground up." Now we know that Brad Bird is definitely on-board to direct, but other than that, still no plot details. Anyone? It sounds like Disney has something on their hands that could be huge, and they're making sure to build it from the ground up properly, with the right talent top to bottom. I just wish we knew any extra details about what it was actually about. We'll be keeping our eyes and ears open for any updates.
While Brad Bird has been and is still developing his own San Francisco earthquake project 1906, this is not the same thing, as this one is titled simply 1952. And while Deadline hints about some possible Lost connection, it sounds like it may just be an original sci-fi world/story entirely of its own. Either way, Disney is putting plenty of planning & money into developing this sci-fi already, which is usually a good early sign.