Brad Bird Reveals The Inspiration Behind His Sci-Fi Project 1952

There's an interesting backstory behind the upcoming Brad Bird-directed science-fiction film 1952. It has been said that writer Damon Lindelof, who is scripting the movie, one day went into Disney and was given a mysterious banker's box that was labeled simply "1952." Upon opening said box he was somehow inspired by the contents to the point that he came up with a movie idea and began working on a script with Jeff Jensen. Since then we've heard that George Clooney is set to star in the movie and that the tone is similar to Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but outside of that all details about the project have been kept under wraps. Well, today Bird gave us a look inside...literally.

Acting like he is a man with nothing to hide, the Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol director took to his Twitter account today and posted an image of the very banker's box that inspired 1952...without its lid. Check out the image below and click to see it in its highest resolution.

Because the picture isn't very big it's somewhat hard to identify all of the documents and items, but one of the people in one of the photographs is clearly Walt Disney, while you can also see a reel of Technicolor film, parts of a camera, a record. a few files and folders and a book that titled "M----- Research" (I can't quite make out the full first word). It's certainly a strange array of items, but how it all comes together is still a mystery.

1952 will be released in 3D on December 19, 2014 and for all the latest news about the project head over to our Blend Film Database.

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