Damon Lindelof Discusses Story Inspirations Behind Brad Bird's Tomorrowland

By Nick Venable 2013-05-20 18:13:01discussion comments
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Now that J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has finally been released, we’ll have to wait an entire month for another movie partially written by Damon Lindelof (it’s World War Z.) We’ll be waiting a hell of a lot longer, however, to see his words come to life for Brad Bird’s upcoming Disney film Tomorrowland with George Clooney. The film is still something of a mystery beyond the big box of inspiration Bird posted to Twitter some months back, but now some new clues have been delivered.

Lindelof recently gave a lengthy interview with Alex Pappademas of Grantland, where he went into detail about Into Darkness spoilers, his HBO pilot The Leftovers, to be directed by Peter Berg, and his ridiculously busy work schedule (and how that makes him the butt of much ire in social media). But that stuff can be found in other interviews, and the Tomorrowland portion of the conversation is what interests me.

Speaking directly to the lack of a backstory given to the Tomorrowland area of the Disney theme parks, unlike most of the other sub-parks, Lindelof says, “I would love to give Tomorrowland a story, because right now, Tomorrowland is kind of being taken over by Star Wars - which is great, but it’s called Tomorrowland. Star Wars is a galaxy a long time ago, far far away. Star Wars is not about our future.”

He seems to be much more interested in going back to an era in America when people were optimistic and looked forward to the amazing things the future could hold - instead of where we are now, holding the future in our hands and being mad when the WiFi signal is weak. He wants to take different aspects of Disney’s history and work them into an adventure script that treats the story “in this kind of Dan Brown , Da Vinci Code way.” There’s no arguing that the Disney vaults probably hold countless stories of endless value, and barring the involvement of any side quests involving existential questions about mortality, this could end up being the perfect project for Lindelof.

Oh, and he also adds that “none of the movie takes place in a Disneyland park,” which is good to know. I’d have to assume it’s because they’d have to redesign most of the park in post-production to match the time setting.

I’ve done my fair share of complaining about Lindelof projects in the past, but I’m biting my tongue on this one for now. But when that first teaser hits, it’s fair game. Tomorrowland is currently set for a December 19, 2014 release.
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