The mysterious brain child of Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Damon Lindelof (Star Trek, Lost) gets a little light shed on it by just merely revealing the official film title: Tomorrowland - release date December 2014. Known for viral campaigns and fun clues, Lindelof is sure to provide a fun slow burn when it comes to details. A few days ago he tweeted the above picture of a box labeled "1952" which holds a record, pictures of Walt Disney, copies of two books (Military history professor Alex Roland's Model Research: The National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics 1918-1958 and an August 1928 edition of Amazing Stories magazine, that features a man in a flying suit on the front that looks to be the first appearance of Buck Rogers) and an assortment of various objects to keep Disney fanatics in eager anticipation for more information.
We won’t tell you what it’s about (yet), but we will tell you what its NOT about. And that would be ALIENS. #Tomorrowland
So no aliens?
Here are some theories about the film that has the internet buzzing:
- A Walt Disney Movie (Unlikely due to Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Disney)
- A People Mover Movie/Theme Park Ride movie (warmer?)
- Buck Rogers movie (a longshot but would be cool)
- The theory I present follows the original concepts Tomorrowland was based on.
Here’s Walt Disney on what Tomorrowland meant to him:
Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.
Right before Disneyland opened, Walt was fascinated by the Man Will Conquer Space Soon! series of 1950s magazine articles in Collier’s detailing Wernher von Braun’s plans for manned spaceflight. The first book that was published in 1952 which inspired three episodes in the Disneyland anthology series (Man in Space, Man and the Moon, and Mars and Beyond). These shows featured the TWA Moonliner, which went on to become the showpiece attraction of Tomorrowland. It was a show/exhibit describing what space travel could be like to the moon and beyond.
My theory is that the film might have something to do with being a film version of a sort of Tomorrowland Adventure in an alternate history (like Steampunk’s switch to the Industrial Age that started advancing dramatically at the turn of the century) where 1952 is the year that the Space Exploration age begins to boom, treating us to a journey Across The Space Frontier. Oh– and George Clooney (Who is attached to this project) will play our Man in Space, who might just travel to other worlds.
As a Disney geek I am super excited about the amount of lore that is going into this and I can’t wait to see the possible homages to Tomorrowland’s attractions as well as Walt’s theories of Futurism. I also hope I don’t kill a viral clue scavenger hunt in the unlikely case that I am right….
In any case, what rides would you like to see incorporated in Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland?