First Details Emerge for Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird's Secretive '1952'

First Details Emerge for Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird's Secretive '1952'

Oct 17, 2012

Damon LindelofDamon Lindelof is back in the news, which is sort of fitting since Prometheus has finally made its DVD and Blu-ray debut. The former Lost scribe is apparently set to continue writing sci-fi stories, but this isn’t an update on a Prometheus sequel. Instead, Vulture has uncovered some of the first details about a strange new project Lindelof is handling for Disney – one tentatively titled 1952.

We first heard about the film last summer, but details were scarce. That’s changed – slightly – with today’s new revelations.

Vulture reports that the film will be set in the present day (despite the tentative title) and that it will be similar to Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The website initially reported that it was a film about aliens making contact with Earth, but a source close to the project issued the following statement earlier today:

"[W]hile it is true that 1952 is very much in the spirit of Close Encounters (and centers around a Roy Neary-like protagonist), it is not in fact about an alien encounter." 

What’s more interesting than those vague plot details is the film’s backstory. Apparently, when Lindelof met with Disney last year, he was given access to an old banker’s box left behind in Walt Disney’s personal development lab. The box was originally labeled with the title of That Darn Cat, but it had been crossed out and replaced with 1952. Inside were documents indicating that whoever was using the box was working on crafting some sort of alien-based film or theme park ride.

No word on how the contents of that box might be influencing the direction of the film yet, but we may know sooner rather than later. Early buzz indicates that Lindelof and director/cowriter Brad Bird are planning an elaborate viral campaign for the film – one that could start long before principal shooting even gets under way. That could be really cool news or really awful, depending on how you feel about extended viral marketing campaigns. We’re siding with “cool” at the moment, if only because the Disney backstory has really piqued our interest in this project.

What say you, readers? Are you ready for more Lindelof-written action? Opine with us below. 

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