1952, the top-secret project being developed by screenwriter Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird, is getting a brand new name.
According to EW.com, 1952 has been a working title all along and the real name of the project is Tomorrowland. How does EW know this? One of its own writers, Jeff Jensen, has also been working on the script with Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and Bird (The Incredibles), so perhaps he gave them the scoop.
The Disney movie has been the subject of intense secrecy and speculation ever since Lindelof and Bird first announced it, with many thinking at one point that it was actually a code name for Star Wars VII.
While that turned out to not be the case, the movie is said to be sci-fi and has to do with the first arrival of aliens on Earth. George Clooney will star in the picture, which is rumored to be going for a Close Encounters kind of vibe.
It's not clear how the name Tomorrowland, which of course is also the name of one of Disney's longest-running theme park attractions, fits into the scenario -- except that Disney is known for wanting to turn its theme park brands into movie franchises (Pirates of the Caribbean, anyone?)
Lindelof and Bird teased the movie last week with a photo of the box from the Disney archives that allegedly inspired the whole thing (see above). Inside is a book on aeronautics, a 1928 edition of Amazing Stories magazine (featuring the first appearance of Buck Rogers), a 45rpm record, a small rocket nozzle and some photos of Uncle Walt. What it all means is anyone's guess, but Lindelof and Bird plan on telling us on December 19, 2014.
How do you feel about the movie's official name? Does it make you more or less curious and excited about the project?