Damon Lindelof On Working With Brad Bird On 1952; Hopes To Start Production Next Year

Lindelof reveals how he got Brad Bird (The Incredibles) to co-write and direct Disney's mysterious sci-fi film 1952, and also comments on the movie's potential start date and how close it is to a greenlight.

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By Paul Romano - 12/21/2012


Speaking with Collider, Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Damon Lindelof discusses his upcoming sci-fi project 1952, which will be directed by Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Last we heard on the project, George Clooney was in talks to star. Little is known about the storyline, but is said to center on the journey of a middle-aged man and his contact with alien life. Lindelof doesn't comment on Clooney's involvement here, but he does go into detail concerning Bird's involvement and how the director came on board. "The writing of Trek was happening around the same time as the post production on Ghost Protocol, so we were both in that a Bad Robot space at lot at that time and kind of became buds. I told him about this thing that I was working on over here at Disney. We were eating sushi, just one of those like, “So, what are you working on?” “Brad what are you doing after you wrap up on Ghost Protocol?” “Damon what are you doing after Trek?” And so I started talking about this thing and I could just see his eyes light up a little bit and I’m now totally willing to blow up this budding friendship because if I don’t take a shot at him now I’ll be kicking myself forever. Which is to say, “Hey, if you would ever want to be involved in this thing in any way, shape or form, just call yourself an executive producer and I’ll give you a parking spot and you don’t even need to do anything on it. That would be a dream come true.

"Then we just started exchanging emails and talking about it and then this guy Jeff Jensen, who’s a friend of mine, he and I really worked on the – when you finally hear about what this thing is I’ll be able to be much more explicit about what it is. Anytime something interesting happened in the development process I would just let Bird know, “Hey we had this cool idea today.” In the spirit of letting him know that I wasn’t letting him off the hook. And then the next thing I knew I was asking him if he would direct it and he said yes. He and I have now been co-writing the movie for the last four months, and that’s been an incredible experience because anytime you write with a partner that you haven’t written with before they call bullshit on all your tricks that you have come to rely on and feel comfortable with, and then you learn from them in terms of how to think and how to evolve."


Concerning the creative freedom Disney gave them, Lindelof had nothing but good things to say about the studio. "We’ve been given a tremendous amount of creative licensee by Disney, which is kind of surprising just because they’re Disney and they have a specific, corporate brand to maintain," he said. "But it’s been really wonderful working with them. Obviously Brad had Disney in his veins, even though he was fired back in his days as an animator, it’s good to be back in the old animation building knocking a story around."

When asked if a start date is set, Lindelof said that "I think that we hope to be in production mid-2013." Finally, he confirmed that 1952 has yet to be greenlit, and that the cast and budget have to be locked down in order to officially announce it. "We have to lock down some key casting elements and we have to make sure that the movie isn’t going to cost them (Disney) an arm and a leg. I have confidence that we’ll be able to accomplish both those things and hopefully when we do we’ll be able to announce what this movie is."









Source: Collider
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DioFoRio - 12/21/2012, 11:45 AM
P H U C K!!!
GodzillaKart - 12/21/2012, 11:53 AM
hack.
UltimaRex - 12/21/2012, 11:57 AM
Look on the bright side fett. It also means Lindelof should be kept away from SW VII too.
Gunslinger - 12/21/2012, 11:59 AM
Guess no one paid attention to the shit job Lindelof did with Prometheus and Lost. His scripts are pure nonsense. Mistery is good, but not when you don't explain things, or when you decide that "it's open to interpretation". That's just being lazy.
PaulRom - 12/21/2012, 12:03 PM
Bird did say not too long ago that he won't be doing Star Wars, unfortunately.
SmellofDuty - 12/21/2012, 12:46 PM
@Gunslinger I cannot see how you didn't like Lost. Did you watch every episode? Or even half the episodes? One of the greatest shows ever.
BlueMex - 12/21/2012, 2:05 PM
Bird should do starwars .
KeithM - 12/21/2012, 3:08 PM
@SmellofDuty: It 'lost' me around half way through season 3 or 4 I think. :)

Once you see through Lindelof's 'tricks' it's hard to remain interested. When his 'mysteries' stop becoming mysterious and merely annoying, when you realise he's making shit up and throwing stuff in at random, it stops becoming compelling. I'm glad you continued to enjoy it, and clearly lots of others did too, but for me, once it lost me I just couldn't get back into it. I did try for a bit, but when I realised I just didn't care, I just got out of the habit of watching it and never missed it.
Gunslinger - 12/21/2012, 3:43 PM
@ SmellofDuty - I did watch all of it. First season was phenomenal, lots of mysteries, interesting characters (Locke being my personal favourite), very promising. But what really, really pissed me off... Was the ending. So many questions? It was like Bobby stepping out of the shower in Dallas! "sorry guys... The hatch? Darma initiative? Hugo's lottery numbers. The island teleportation? The others? The Oceanic 6 back in the real world? What was up with Walt? why the pregnancies?

"We don't neeed to explain it. The characters are all dead. Draw up your own conclusions".

Deeply unsatisfying. We had 6 years, trying to work out what was going on, and we are presented with the entire cast in a church, hugging and grinning like idiots. Personally, i found it anticlimatic. Like getting your dick bitten off when what you were really expecting was a decent bj.

Some people may enjoy the bigger picture, and there was some brilliant storytelling, excellent production values, but for me, things need to make a little sense. BSG pulled it off (just) because it didn't deny the show's history, but Lost, for me, didn't.
Gunslinger - 12/21/2012, 3:51 PM
@KeithM - Precisely, it looked cool and inteligent but Lindelof was making it up as he went along, which wouldn't be so bad IF when he came up with those ideas, he actually had some explanation that would make sense in the story's context.

The Limbo theory was online from the end of season 1. 6 years later, that's exactly what happened. I wouldn't be surprised if Lindelof looked on the internet/fan fiction sites for a way out, cause it really looks like he had no idea how he could wrap it up
JohnTom88 - 12/21/2012, 6:46 PM
Bird for a Nova movie

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