Monday, January 28, 2013

How You Gonna Keep 'Em ...

... on the animation plantation, after they've been in the wide open spaces of live action?

Brad Bird and George Clooney's top secret collaboration is getting a new title, Walt Disney Studios said Monday.

Previously known as "1952," the live action film has now been dubbed "Tomorrowland." It will hit theaters on Dec. 19, 2014.

The aura of mystery that surrounds the project is to be expected given that the script is being written with Damon Lindelof, who was behind "Prometheus" and "Lost," two projects that toyed frequently and effectively with audiences' expectations. There's also an added level of intensity, because Bird has been very much in demand after reviving the Mission:Impossible franchise with 2011's "Ghost Protocol." ...

I'm happy for Brad. He's come a looong way from the unhappy time when Ed Hansen let him go for pointing out that the Disney Animation Department was "f*cked."

(Ah, but we were all a wee bit wet behind the ears then. But Brad happened to be right.)


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