When it was first announced that ‘The Iron Giant’ and ‘The Incredibles’ director Brad Bird would be teaming with ‘Lost’ co-creator and ‘Prometheus’ co-writer Damon Lindelof, the project was shrouded in much mystery. At first, it was known as ‘1952’ and was speculated to involve aliens, as well as the random contents of a box tweeted by both Lindelof and Bird that supposedly came from “Walt Disney’s personal developmental lab, WED Enterprises”. Now, we know that the project will go by the title ‘Tomorrowland’ and will feature George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. But what is the film actually about? HitFlix may have stumbled upon the answer.
According to their latest report, here is the logline that’s been going around to assemble the cast:
“A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.”
This new description is pretty far from the alien story that many believed this film to be, but there are definitely science fiction aspects at play here. The report goes on to expand on exactly who these characters are:
The “Tomorrowland” that they keep referring to in this break-down appears to be a place where science has blown past the world we live in, and when Frank Walker was a young man, he first encountered the promise of Tomorrowland at the 1964 World’s Fair. David Nix was there, showing off his own work, and he told Walker to come back when he was older and his inventions actually worked. A girl named Athena saw great promise in 11-year-old Frank, though, and she snuck him into Tomorrowland. Eventually, Frank was discovered by Nix and thrown out, but not before learning that the girl he loved, Athena, was actually a robot.
Finally, Clooney is supposedly set to play Frank Miller, while Laurie is set to play David Nix. Disneyland is also set to play a role in the film as Nix is in charge of the Happiest Place On Earth:
By the point the main story of the film kicks in, Nix has been in charge of Disneyland for many years, and he’s become rotten, corrupt. Athena, unchanged since Frank was a young man, plays a key role in the film, and the hero is a girl named Casey who has a quick scientific mind that becomes important as the story unfolds. Nix is a guy who values technical accomplishment over creative thinking, and when he throws Frank out of Tomorrowland, he’s not alone. Every creative thinker is banished, allowing Nix to focus purely on aesthetics and technical advancement for its own sake.
Disney has had plans to make films based on their theme parks and the rides in them for some time now since the success of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Though ‘Haunted Mansion’ was kind of a bust and Jon Favreau is still working on ‘Magic Kingdom’, ‘Tomorrowland’ actually sounds pretty promising, especially in the hands of Lindelof and Bird.
What do you think about the description of ‘Tomorrowland’? Does this sound like a film that you’d want to check out? Share your thoughts in the comments below!