Damon Lindelof talks teaming up with Brad Bird to write the mysterious, 1952
Well, the cats out of the bag now thanks to Damon Lindelof. Brad Bird will share writing duties on his next mysterious sci-fi epic, 1952. Not much is known about the film, but recently Lindelof spoke with Collider about the project. It's funny to hear his story about getting to team up with Bird, and seeing how that dynamic might work. I've always liked Lindelof, who I think at times gets an unfair wrap.
Read the interview below.
Collider: I know you canít say much, but I have to ask. I am a ridiculous fan of Brad Bird, we all are. How is it progressing with 1952?
Damon Lindelof: Itís been a dream come true for me. I first met Brad at the Speed Racer premiere because Michael Giacchino did the music for Speed Racer and he had also done the music for The Incredibles and Ratatouille, so Brad was there as Michelís guest. I met him and got to geek out on everything going all the way back to Family Dog and he was also watching Lost at the time. The greatest thing about my life is that on occasion I will run into people that I am a massive fan of and they are familiar with some of the stuff that Iíve done, not necessarily even being a fan of it, but just knowing what it is. In this case Brad liked Lost, so I was sailing very, very high on that for quite some time. And then we would run into each other just at random things over the years. Then 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, ďSo, what are you working on?Ē ďBrad what are you doing after you wrap up on Ghost Protocol?Ē ďDamon what are you doing after Trek?Ē And so I started talking about this thing and I could just see his eyes light up a little bit and Iím now totally willing to blow up this budding friendship because if I donít my take a shot at him not Iíll be kicking myself forever. Which is to say, ďHey, if you would ever want to be involved in this thing in any way, shape or form, just call yourself an executive producer and Iíll give you a parking spot and you donít 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, whoís a friend of mine, he and I really worked on the Ė when you finally hear about what this thing is Iíll 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, ďHey we had this cool idea today.Ē In the spirit of letting him know that I wasnít 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 have now been co-writing the movie for the last four months and thatís been an incredible experience because anytime you write with a partner that you havenít 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. That guyís never made a bad movie. Heís made excellent movies in fact. So itís been amazing and I think that the movie is going to be cool. Weíve been given a tremendous amount of creative licensee by Disney, which is kind of surprising just because theyíre Disney and they have a specific, corporate brand to maintain. But itís 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, itís good to be back in the old animation building knocking a story around.
Collider: Do you guys have a planned start date for the film? Or a hopeful start date?
Lindelof: I think that we hope to be in production mid-2013.
Collider: Okay. So this is definitely the next thing? This is definitely going?
Lindelof: Itís not greenlit.
Collider: Thatís my other thing. But the studio seems amped up?
Lindelof: I meanÖ.yes. All the messaging that weíre getting right now is overwhelmingly positive, but you never know.
Collider: Totally, but I would imagine having you and having Brad wanting to do it, thatís a big thing.
Lindelof: We have to lock down some key casting elements and we have to make sure that the movie isnít going to cost them an arm and a leg. I have confidence that weíll be able to accomplish both those things and hopefully when we do weíll be able to announce what this movie is.