With the success of ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,’ it’s no wonder that Brad Bird has become a hot director in Hollywood. Now it seems that Disney has plucked him up and has signed him to helm a new sci-fi film written by ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Star Trek 2’ scribe Damon Lindelof.

The script is from a seven figure deal Lindelof made with Disney last year to write and produce an original sci-fi film. The project, called ‘1952’, is being kept as a closely guarded secret but Disney is aiming to make this a big scale tent pole film with “multiple platform aspirations.”

This will be the first film that Lindelof will get to produce from the ground up. From the buzz that he’s already received from his work on ‘Lost’, ‘Prometheus,’ and ‘Star Trek,’ the screenplay for ‘1952’ will undoubtedly  have pressure to measure up to these predecessors.

Bird has already gained success as an animation director for his work on ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille,’ both having received Oscars for Best Animated Film. His first live action film starring Tom Cruise grossed almost $700 million worldwide.

While the story of ‘1952’ is being under wraps, many speculate from the title that this sci-fi movie could be about Project Blue Book as that was the year it was started. After all, Project Blue Book’s two main goals were to determine if UFO’s were a threat to national security and analyze UFO-related data.  Also occurring in 1952, multiple UFO sightings over Washington D.C. were reported from July 12 through July 29th prompting concern not only by the government but also by the CIA.

Disney hopes to begin production sometime next year so hopefully we’ll know more about the project by then, but if the speculations are correct, this would make for a great tentpole film, don’t you think?

Source: Deadline