Mysterious "1952" Disney Movie Project Renamed "Tomorrowland"

On Jan. 28, Walt Disney Studios announced that its live-action film formerly known as "1952" will now be titled "Tomorrowland." It's a project shrouded in mystery and suspense with very little known about what the movie actually is. Disney fans and movie buffs alike have bantered about many possibilities for this film, since word of the project got out.


The plot of the movie has been speculated to be a big budget sci-fi adventure dealing with aliens a la Escape to Witch Mountain. Currently several sci-fi fan sites have suggested that it will be based on the 1950's concept of what the future would be like. Some suggest it's about the building of Disneyland, or... well for a while it was even thought to be a code name for the next Star Wars film. The truth is, we just don't know.

    What do we know for sure?
  1. The Script was written by Damon Lindelof of "Lost" and Brad Bird of "The Incredibles" from a concept that they had developed along with Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Jensen.
  2. George Clooney is signed to star.
  3. "Tomorrowland" is due in theaters Dec. 19, 2014.

Prior to last weeks announcement of the new name, Lindelof and Bird started building anticipation by releasing clues (in the form of photos) on Twitter. The pictures were of a Walt Disney Productions archive box that Lindelof allegedly discovered at Disney. The box is full of items that, perhaps, served as the movie's inspiration. The box, originally labeled "That Dern Cat" was taped over with writing that simply declares "1952".

The "1952" BoxThe "1952" Box

What was in the box?

From what we can see, the box contains several aged closed files, and a copy of the Alex Roland's book "Model Research: The National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics 1918-1958." In the image you can see an old 45 record and what appears to be an "Amazing Stories" edition that introduces Buck Rogers. There's an odd contraption that could be the nozzle of a small rocket engine, a box of Technicolor film, and a scattering of black and white photos of Walt Disney himself. Click Here to see the original image.

We also know one last thing. If, that is, you trust the Damon Lindelof to lead us in the right direction rather than getting "Lost." Lindelof made the following Tweet shortly after the name announcement came out.

Follow The Mystery at @DamonLindelof and @BradBirdA113Follow The Mystery on Twitter at @DamonLindelof and @BradBirdA113

Does "Tomorrowland" have your interest piqued? Do you have a winning theory you want to share? Leave a comment below and let us know if you'll be watching, waiting, and wanting more!

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 13:36:

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The Official D23 Site has now offered some clues into what's in "the box"

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