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Brad Bird’s Next Film Will Be Called “Tomorrowland”

A clearer picture of Brad Bird’s next live-action feature film project is starting to emerge. Described as a Close Encounters Of The Third Kind-esque project about a man who makes contact with aliens on Earth, the film’s official title was revealed today as Tomorrowland, a not-so-subtle tie-in to another part of the Disney empire:

The Walt Disney Studios has announced that its live-action release previously known as 1952 will be titled Tomorrowland. The film will be released domestically on December 19, 2014. George Clooney is set to star. Tomorrowland is written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird from a concept by Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Lindelof (Star Trek, Lost, Prometheus) will produce and Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will produce and direct.

  • Arturo

    I only hope that “Tomorrowland” wouldn’t become the “John Carter” of Brad Bird’s resume…

    • George_Cliff

      I would worry too except for the fact that Bird is an extremely talented director whereas Stanton is in my opinion merely the beneficiary of being a high profile cog in a popular creative engine. Absent the Pixar plus machine and brain trust you see his true value. Carter continued on the trajectory he clearly established by Wall-e. (yeah yeah ‘Wall-e’ did well at the box office but so does the Ice Age series and people eat tons of Taco Bell food, that doesn’t make them good).

      The title does worry me though. Truly uninspired.

      • shadypotential

        that is rubbish. Andrew won 2 oscars and is an incredible writer. one flop and everyone marks you a hack? come on. internet is pathetic

        • George_Cliff

          Saying that Stanton “won” those Oscars is like saying Walt Disney “made” ‘Snow White,’ and I’m not referring to the studio, I mean the actual person Walt Disney. Pixar won those Oscars, not Stanton.. Stanton is nothing more than a highly visible cog in a machine who’s products are (or were) very much in the public’s favor.

          • william bradford

            Stanton is not a “cog”, Finding Nemo was a wonderful (if conventional) film and Wall-e was one of the most endearing love stories i’ve seen in ages. The problem with Carter was similar to the problem with The Hobbit: an otherwise solid director who’s used to having some restraints or outside feedback is given complete freedom, and loses control. No doubt he got a swollen head from Wall-e and forget to check himself, again like Peter Jackson

          • shadypotential

            of course Pixar is collaborative by Andrew is THE DIRECTOR. it was his vision and writing that made the film come together. without him you would have probably had a piece of crap. with your attitude no director is worthy of credit.

      • Paulson

        I smell envy among some of the commenter’s, behind all the insults and vitriol they dish at Stanton most on here would trade everything they have to be in his shoes including me. He’s a creative force to be reckoned with and it’s the other way around he’s not a beneficiary to Pixar, rather Pixar is personally
        benefiting from the influx of such great artists who have been coming to the studio for almost twenty years, and among them he’s one of the greatest.

        For people that think Stanton uses Pixar as a crutch fail to remember that he survived as a lead writer under Bakshi during Mighty Mouse the Animated Adventures which if I recall revitalized tv animation. To be honest Stanton may have thrived and gotten a lot of necessary leverage from being at Pixar but who hasn’t, many creative minds have latched onto Pixar as a place that nurtures their ideas and encourages creative growth. How is the majority of his career revolving around Pixar such a bad thing or a way to question his merits. In an industry ruled by executive decision making, Pixar has proven time and time again to be one of the few creative safe havens from that. Maybe Stanton realized that for his projects to come to fruition he needed to be with a company that actually cared about bringing his vision to life. Just because Bird is more prolific outside of Pixar doesn’t mean he’s faired any better than Stanton. Both men have accomplished seemingly impossible feats, but also have had occasional setbacks yet for those setbacks they dust themselves off and continue to amaze the industry.

        Your arguments are futile largely because Brad’s track record as a director isn’t any more significant, they both have similar artistic backgrounds by honing their skills at Cal Arts apprenticing under the same teacher’s, and both release blockbusters some which fair better than others. Yet despite such correlation’s
        fate had something else in store for the two men when it came to their careers. Because Brad is more of your cup of tea your willing to boast about his merits at Stanton’s expense who is someone that is arguably equally talented to Bird he
        was just under different circumstances yet still able to prove his worth. You can’t be a cog in the animated machine to be one of Pixar’s leading creative forces, cog’s don’t have critical thinking abilities or the leadership skills that Stanton has in spades, cogs while they do exist in animation don’t make waves in the community and are overlooked. Staton fits none of those descriptions and is a force to be reckoned with. One flop and everyone begins questioning his directing abilities and presence in the industry, one thing that has to be cleared up is that it’s impossible for any director to have a perfect track record with audiences. You can never anticipate how the public is going to
        react to your films so Carter’s box-office performance in no way reflects Stanton’s merits.

        You talk about box-office and use that as a potential argument, yet Brad’s Iron Giant underperformed and didn’t recoup its cost in its initial run. I think it still has yet to recoup its initial budget even while currently playing on the independent film circuit fifteen years later. Despite all this Iron Giant got such good critical reception and convinced John Lassater to have Bird resume production of his planned Incredibles picture at Pixar which he spent over a decade trying to get off the ground. Also you use this arguement of Stanton being comparable to Walt Disney in that he was supervising theartists but not in the trenches with them by conceiving ideas and animating with them. That can be just as easily applied to Brad Bird, those two don’t need to engage in the process of animating anymore, they have an even greater skillset of scouting for the right talent and getting them to actualize their vision for the movie.

        Additionally the real problem with Carter wasnt Stanton although he was going outside of his comfort zone and willingly attaching himself to a project with a very troubled history behind it. Because of its history it was only logical that it was going to backfire in the box-office because it had been having difficulty getting off the ground for decades. The production of John Carter is a troubled one, notorious for being in production hell since 1931 when Bob Clampett proposed an adaptation. The lack of direction and inability to determine whats best for the film is largely to blame, the studios that got there hands on the film were constantly flip-flopping with what they should do with the project long before Staton was even born. Also when it comes to talking about Stantons version of the film, you still cant hold one guy accountable for a films failure that’s usually the misconduct of many largely because of poor use of PR, miscommunication on the executives part, timing issues with the release its impossible for one man to unravel a films potential. Stanton took a risk for attaching himself to a project that was not notorious within many Hollywood Circles but I like risk takers, those who dont play it safe in Hollywood usually have a bigger payoff at the end of the day. That didn’t work in Stantons case but he’s obviously not to blame, and at least should be admired for going out of an environment as sheltered as Pixar and trying to make a gamble in the world of live-action.

  • Teekers

    ‘written by Damon Lindelof’

    Hoooooo dearie me.

  • Floyd Norman

    Big Hollywood studios play a “game” that few of us are privy to. I doubt we’ll ever know why Disney chose to throw “John Carter” under the bus. In any event, I’m excited about Brad’s new project and I hope the big mouse smiles on him.

  • Mike Kenny

    Been following this project since it was first announced and I simply can’t wait for it! Brad Bird is arguably one of the most creative and hardworking directors today so anything with his involvement is going to be exciting to witness. Best of luck to him with “Tomorrowland”, December 2014 couldn’t be here soon enough!

  • So his next live action film also has another huge bankable star in the lead – Mr. Bird knows what he’s doing I’d say.

  • James Madison

    I like that he is doing live action, but I am hoping he returns to animation too.

    • George_Cliff


  • d. harry

    Maybe it’s a film about John Carter returning to Earth, bringing some aliens with him?


  • It’s still too early for me to form an opinion yet. The change in title does imply some murkiness about the plot though. Those titles were in two very different directions. I do hope it doesn’t turn into a sort of Disney-theme-park-ride-turned-movie. It worked for the first (and only the first) Pirates movie, but not so much with The Haunted Mansion.

  • 1906 still doesn’t have funding.

    I wonder if he’s taking ideas from Ray Gun and putting them into Tomorrowland, since they both seem to evoke a retro-future vibe. Too bad we probably won’t get to see the 2D animated idea (or possibly any animated films from him for a while).

  • Capital_7

    Read the feature about Stanton’s struggles with the material that ran (I think) in The New Yorker last year. He is not a “real world” director. The hive creative mind at Pixar is very forgiving. They can change anything up until the very last minute, and that’s something you cannot do in live action. I’m not saying he’s not a great director in the Pixar tradition, but I don’t think his story instincts are all that great. They’re very “by the book”. I’ve seen John Carter three times but I’d be hard pressed to tell you much about it. It’s incredibly forgettable, starting with hiring a lead actor who cannot hold the screen. Wait- the scene with the big apes in the arena was pretty cool. I do remember that.

    • shadypotential

      story instincts? The man wrote nearly all of Pixar’s movies including Toy Story 1 and 2. He created and wrote Wall-E and Finding Nemo which you discredit because its a “team environment”. You can have your own opinion about John Carter if you like it, dislike it. But don’t sit here and say Andrew isn’t a “director” or isn’t as talented as Brad Bird. Brad is going to make a bad movie one day. Let’s see who turns his back on him then. And i’m certain it might be you.

      and I read the article and he realizes he made a mistake of doing to many reshoots. So he messes up once and people shoot him off ALREADY? that is ridiculous. even you can admit that. I mean I can imagine if he’s 3 deep into live action and they all flopped. but ONE and you already write him off after what he brought us in the past? unbelievable

      • Zib ZAB zo

        Nya-Nya! Nya-Nya! Shady looooovvves Stanton!

  • A shame Lindelof is attached as he has poisoned so many projects, but I trust in Brad Bird.

  • Jake Sky

    Does anyone know if Imagineering, WDI or Retlaw (Walter spelled backwards) plays into this film?
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