Theory About Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' Points to Possible UFO Plot
Damon Lindelof might be the most famous graduate from the J.J. Abrams School of Secrecy, and it looks like the master of marketing has taught his protege well. Lindelof is teaming with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird for a new Disney science fiction movie formerly called 1952 and now titled Tomorrowland, but the cryptic campaign has only given enough info for fanboy speculation so far. Earlier this week, D23 took a more detailed look at what was in the mystery box labled "1952," and now it seems that Disney expert Jim Hill (via AICN) may have just put the puzzle pieces together. More below!
Stay with us here, because Hill's theory makes a couple of huge leaps and bounds to get to his point. Based on a ton of information, including the fact that there was a blue book found in the "1952" box, Hill believes the Tomorrowland movie has something to do with the real life Project Blue Book, a study conducted by the U.S. Government that looked into unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Hill points to the fact that one of Disney's famous Nine Old Men animators, Ward Kimball, used to tell a story about how the government secretly approached the studio in the mid-1950s to commission a film that would reveal to the general public that UFOs were real. This makes sense, considering Disney's connections with top military brass and the fact that the studio was already producing tons of secret training films for the military around this time.
So could Tomorrowland be some kind of epic meta film starring George Clooney as a government official working with Walt Disney himself to bring the truth about UFOs to the public? Considering Disney already has another film featuring Walt Disney in production (Tom Hanks plays him in Saving Mr. Banks), the idea isn't all that far-fetched. And taking into account that Bird actually spoke with Mr. Kimball multiple times before Kimball passed away only adds to the curiosity.
You'll have to read Jim Hill's blog entry to get the full, complicated rundown on all of the details, but with this guy's insane knowledge of all things Disney, this is at least an educated guess at the possible secrets of Tomorrowland. It's also interesting because this theory doesn't mention the theme park at all, so the film's connection with Disneyland may just be a holdover from a now-defunct Tomorrowland movie the studio was working on a few years ago which had Dwayne Johnson in the lead role. We're excited to see what Bird and Lindelof have in store, but it's still early in the process, since Tomorrowland doesn't hit theaters until nearly two years from now on December 19th, 2014. Do you buy the UFO theory?