Brad Bird Set to Direct Damon Lindelof's '1952', Not '1906', for Disney

May 3, 2012
Source: Deadline

Brad Bird

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.

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I'm all for Disney giving us the Bird. Since the days of The Simpsons, this man has steadily earned my trust. Bring it on.

Voice of Reason on May 3, 2012


"Either way, Disney is putting plenty of planning & money into developing this sci-fi already, which is usually a good early sign." Unless they COMPLETELY FORGET TO MARKET IT PROPERLY. Remember John Carter, anyone?

Glenn Mccarty on May 3, 2012


All for originality and Brad Bird and sci-fi and building from ground up, what ticks me off? MULTIPLATFORM To Disney means we have to make sure it SELLS TOYS! LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR PANDERING- DISNEY. Hope that doesn't happen. Fucking Disney.

Hu on May 3, 2012


Great news. Really excited to see Lindelof and Bird working together!

Andreas Climent on May 4, 2012


dream team...

Genialus75 on May 25, 2012


1952= Star Wars Episode VII?????

John Hughes on Nov 3, 2012


1952= The year of the big UFO wave over Washington.

Red Pill Junkie on Oct 31, 2012


Given the recent Disney/Star Wars news... Lets hope not though. The biggest problem with the prequels were Lucas's complete lack of writing skills. Hiring Damon Lindleof is something of a sideways move.

Shane Dobbie on Nov 1, 2012



ang puti lalaki on Nov 12, 2012


Nope. We confirmed that 1952 has nothing to do with Star Wars. More here:

Alex Billington on Nov 12, 2012

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