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Even before ‘Tron Legacy’ came out, director Joe Kosinski had been talking about ramping up a remake of Disney’s 1970 science fiction film, ‘Black Hole‘. The film starred Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgine, Robert Foster, and Maximilian Schell, and was directed Gary Nelson. But ever since the initial rumblings of the film entering pre-production, news on the film have gone cold, and many began to wonder if the film had fallen by the wayside, especially with all the changes that have happened in the studio over the last year. With Kosinski’s newest film, ‘Oblivion’, starring Tom Cruise set to open this month, the director is on the road doing press for the film, where we’ve started to learn more about ‘Tron 3′, but nothing really on ‘Black Hole’. It now looks like the film now has a new breath of life though, as Disney has hired writer Jon Spaihts, who wrote the original draft of last year’s ‘Prometheus’, to come on and do a new re-write of the film for Kosinski.
Ever since Brad Bird’s new film, ‘Tomorrowland‘, originally thought to be titled ’1952′, has been announced, there has been so much speculation and rumor surrounding the project that it was impossible to figure out just what the film was possibly about. The most popular theory surrounding the film included it dealing with Walt Disney working with the government to help cover up UFOs, and that seemed to be gaining a lot of steam, with many thinking that George Clooney would be playing the middle aged Walt. The other was that Bird was directing ‘Star Wars Episode VII’, but that was debunked the moment that J.J. Abrams signed on to direct the highly anticipated follow up to the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy.
But now, it seems, that our friends over at Hitfix may have figured out just what ‘Tomorrowland’ is in their exclusive article. Now, this contains what could be for some major spoilers for some, so if you don’t want to know what the film might be about, don’t hit the jump. But for those who are curious to jump ahead and get an idea of just what might be in store for this film, hit the jump to get a taste of what we may be seeing.
The more I hear about Brad Bird’s upcoming sci-fi film, ‘Tomorrowland’, formally known as ’1952′, the more excited I become. The film already landed George Clooney to star, and now it looks like we may have our villain, and I think it’s the best choice possible. The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned Hugh Laurie is in talks to play the film’s villain. As of right now, the whole production is still is shrouded in secrecy, with the only indication of what to expect being that the film will be in the same vein of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. It makes sense that the film is shrouded in so much secrecy, since it’s written by Damon Lindelof, as many of his films and shows have that air of secrecy around them.
I love the choice of having Hugh Laurie play the villain in the film. He’s one of the finest actors currently working in Hollywood, and he has a presence that few actors can match. After his eight years on TV’s ‘House’, we know he can play a brilliant anti-hero, so I can’t wait to see him go full villain mode in this. Bird seems to be getting a rather strong cast to headline the film, and I can’t wait to learn more about what the film is going to be about. For now though, the thought of having Clooney and Laurie together on screen is something I’m very excited about. ‘Tomorrowland’ is set to open December 19, 2014. Are you excited about ‘Tomorrowland’? And how do you feel about Hugh Laurie being in the film? Let me know in the comments below, only here at Chip and Company!
- Brad Bird’s Mystery Film ’1952′ Actually Titled ‘Tomorrowland’ (chipandco.com)
- George Clooney Officially Set to Star in Brad Bird’s ’1952′ (chipandco.com)
We just recently learned that Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s new science fiction film ‘1952‘ will be be release on December 19, 2014. While the plot is being kept under wraps at this time, the movie is an original film that is said to be an extraterrestrial film in the vein of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. Now it looks like we have our leading man for the film, and it’s none other than George Clooney. While Clooney was rumored for some time to be a part of the film, it’s now confirmed that he has signed to play the lead role in the film.
Brad Bird, who is best known for his animated film work on films such as ‘The Iron Giant’, and of course his two Pixar films ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille’, made his breakout live action film by directing 2011′s critically and commercially successful ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’, the fourth entry in Tom Cruise’s popular franchise. Bird seemed to make a seamless transition from animation to live action, and created one of the most entertaining films that year, so my hope for ’1952′ is already very high. I love the idea of him directing a sci-fi film in the vein of Steven Spielberg’s classics, much like J.J. Abrams did in 2011 as well with ‘Super 8′. I’m a huge fan of Bird, so seeing him move forward with this definitely makes me very excited.
Walt Disney Studios has just announced a slew of new release dates for their upcoming slate of films, as well as 3D announcements for two of the upcoming Marvel Studios films, and a cancellation of one 3D re-release.
‘The Muppets 2′, which is rumored to be titled ‘The Muppets…Again’, will be released March 21, 2014.
‘Maleficent’, the new Angelina Jolie starring take on the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story has been moved to July 2, 2014.
‘!952′, Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s mystery science fiction film, will be released December 19, 2014.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ will set sail July 10, 2015.
Both ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ will be released in 3D. Both films are still set for April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.
As for the re-release of ‘The Little Mermaid 3D’, it has now been pulled from the schedule altogether, and looks like it could have possibly been cancelled.
Which of the films on the new slate are you currently looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below, only here at Chip and Company!
- The Walt Disney Studios Release Schedule Update for 2014 and beyond (chipandco.com)
- Disney Hires ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Screenwriter for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ (chipandco.com)