So Brad Bird’s mysterious sci-fi drama that’s supposedly similar in tone to Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind now might be about … the futuristic section of the Walt Disney theme parks?
OK, probably not, but Disney did confirm that Bird’s picture officially changed its title from 1952 to Tomorrowland, leaving us to speculate on whether this is a nod to the portions of the Anaheim and Orlando parks that house such popular rides as Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Captain EO.
Tomorrowland will be Bird’s live-action follow up to his massively successful Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The director got his start in animation, though, helming The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar as well as the heartwarming sci-fi drama The Iron Giant. Part of me wondered if this film was going to harken back to those roots … and it’s still possible. But the title shift certainly shed a little more mystery on the film instead of light.
Here’s what we do know. George Clooney stars in Bird’s film, which will be written by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus). The film opens in theaters on Dec. 19, 2014.
What do you think? Does it have a connection to the iconic Disney theme park? Or is that just misdirection? Weigh in with your speculations below.