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Tomorrowland co-writer Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird took the stage at D23 in Anaheim over the weekend to shed some light on the mysterious sci-fi movie - though really all their presentation really did was roll out more clues without solutions. We’ll get into those in a minute, but first, Tomorrowland fans might want to download this app from Games.Disney.com for the iPhone as a starting point to unravel the various twists that might make up this movie.
The site proclaims:
Explore the mystery of The 1952 Collection that inspired the new movie from the director of The Incredibles and the creator/writer of Lost, which takes as its title the word that encapsulates Walt Disney’s stirring brand of futurism: Tomorrowland. Download the app to explore the "1952" exhibition revealed at Disney's D23 Conference including images and artifacts from the Disney archives.
Here are three screencaps from the app:
There was some buzz on Twitter during the Tomorrowland presentation that the project to date feels like a viral campaign in search of an actual movie. Eric did a great job detailing Bird and Lindelof’s D23 presentation, which involved a fake photograph of Walt Disney and Amelia Earhart together, a 1928 issue of the magazine Amazing Stories, and plans for a Small World ride at the 1964 World’s Fair. Bird and Lindelof seemed to have a lot of fun playing with the items, but at the same time, they know the big picture and the end game for Tomorrowland. We’re still very much in the dark.
I'm a little bit surprised, right off the bat, that the three screencaps don't feature the items mentioned at the D23 panel, especially the Disney-Earhart doctored photo that Bird and Lindelof made such a big deal about. The date on the image, according to the duo, place it AFTER Earhart disappeared in flight. That could give Tomorrowland an automatic "Bermuda Triangle" angle that I think could be a lot of fun to explore. For the time being, though, we're all just speculating until we can get our hands on more tangible clues.
Here’s what we do know about Bird’s movie so far. It stars George Clooney as a brilliant inventor who aids a spirited young woman (Under the Dome’s Britt Robertson) on a quest. Hugh Laurie plays the villain in the piece, and Raffey Cassidy has been cast as a “child robot.” How all of these characters factor into Lindelof’s story is unclear at the moment. The movie has a December 12, 2014 release date. Can Disney sustain the movie’s mysteries until then?