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Brad Bird shares pic of the mysterious box behind 1952

Jan. 24, 2013by:
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It looks like J.J. Abrams is really rubbing off on his his Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol collaborator Brad Bird. Bird has been quietly developing a top-secret project, codenamed 1952, with other-Abrams-alum Damon Lindelof penning the script with Jeff Jensen, for quite some time, now, with the internets scrambling to find everything relevant that happened in the year 1952 to try and crack the film's plot, coming up with such plot possibilities as: aliens, aliens, and more aliens.

The idea behind the project is that Lindelof discovered a mysterious box in the Disney archives that inspired him to write the film's script, which is the kind of Blair Witch Project, urban myth styled marketing that I get wobbly at the knees for. Brad Bird has now tweeted a photo of this mysterious box, so everybody get your photo manipulation software ready, and set them to "Enhance":

http://www.joblo.com/newsimages1/mysteryBox.jpg

Looks like we've got some old letters, an old roll of film, a photo of Walt Disney, and- Wait, what? Suddenly, this is starting to look like it may very well not be about aliens. But, then again, who ever said that Walt Disney didn't consult alien technology for the construction of Disney World? Or that Disney himself isn't of alien descent? Or that... okay, I'll stop with the speculating and leave that up to you guys in the Strike Backs. All we know, for certain, is that George Clooney might be in it.

Extra Tidbit: 1952 Cowriter Jeff Jensen does't have too much writing credits to his name, but he's done stunts on 77 projects, including Walker, Texas Ranger, so his street cred is ridiculously awesome.
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1:08AM on 01/25/2013
There's nothing much to go on now, but if it's anything like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and George Clooney is playing an approximate of the Richard Dreyfuss role, I'm sold!
There's nothing much to go on now, but if it's anything like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and George Clooney is playing an approximate of the Richard Dreyfuss role, I'm sold!
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10:40PM on 01/24/2013

Cool news!

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4:29PM on 01/24/2013
Can they take my money now?
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3:39PM on 01/24/2013

1952....

I think we're overthinking this just a bit... if the briefcase was labeled "1952", you have to assume Walt filled it from something he planned to do in 1952... factor in the comic, and add this link
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19501951 ABC television series
The first version of Buck Rogers to appear on television debuted on ABC on April 15, 1950 and ran until January 30, 1951.[8] Its time slot initially was on Saturdays at 6 p.m., and each episode was 30 minutes. Later, the program was
I think we're overthinking this just a bit... if the briefcase was labeled "1952", you have to assume Walt filled it from something he planned to do in 1952... factor in the comic, and add this link
[link]

and text....

19501951 ABC television series
The first version of Buck Rogers to appear on television debuted on ABC on April 15, 1950 and ran until January 30, 1951.[8] Its time slot initially was on Saturdays at 6 p.m., and each episode was 30 minutes. Later, the program was rescheduled to Tuesday at 7 p.m., where it ran against the popular Texaco Star Theater hosted by Milton Berle.

Buck Rogers finds himself in the year 2430. Based in a secret lab in a cave behind Niagara Falls (the city of Niagara was now the capital of the world), Buck battles intergalactic troublemakers.[9]

There were a number of changes to the cast during the show's short duration. Three actors played Buck Rogers in the series: Earl Hammond, Kem Dibbs and Robert Pastene. Two actresses portrayed Wilma Deering: Eva Marie Saint and Lou Prentis. Two actors would also play the role of Dr. Huer: Harry Southern and Sanford Bickart.

The series was directed by Babette Henry, written by Gene Wyckoff and produced by Joe Cates and Babette Henry.

The series was broadcast live from station WENR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Chicago, Illinois. There are no known surviving kinescopes of the first Buck Rogers television series.

..... I say Walt tried to make a live action Buck Rogers movie, but was unable to finish because he was spread too thin working on Peter Pan (1953) and building Disneyland in California. Brad Bird's film, I believe, is the story of this failed project....
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1:02PM on 01/24/2013

Found it!

I saw the comic book underneath, so I immediatly tried to find cover art for the old Amazing Stories comic/mag from 1952, since the A underneath looked like it. Well, I googled and found this link where Brad Bird has spilled the beans: [link]
I saw the comic book underneath, so I immediatly tried to find cover art for the old Amazing Stories comic/mag from 1952, since the A underneath looked like it. Well, I googled and found this link where Brad Bird has spilled the beans: [link]
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12:59PM on 01/24/2013

Found it!

I saw the comic book underneath, so I immediatly tried to find cover art for the old Amazing Stories comic/mag from 1952, since the A underneath looked like it. Well, I googled and found this link where Brad Bird has spilled the beans: [link]
I saw the comic book underneath, so I immediatly tried to find cover art for the old Amazing Stories comic/mag from 1952, since the A underneath looked like it. Well, I googled and found this link where Brad Bird has spilled the beans: [link]
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1:46PM on 01/24/2013
There's a lot of speculation going around that this is a Walt Disney biopic, but with Tom Hanks playing Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, and that being a Disney produced film as well, I ain't buyin' it. Plus, this is Brad Bird, one of the sharpest action directors in the biz, so I don't know if he'd be down with directing something like a biopic. Then again, he's probably the kinda guy that would surprise us all by tackling some completely new ground, genre-wise, but I'm hoping we get some guns and
There's a lot of speculation going around that this is a Walt Disney biopic, but with Tom Hanks playing Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, and that being a Disney produced film as well, I ain't buyin' it. Plus, this is Brad Bird, one of the sharpest action directors in the biz, so I don't know if he'd be down with directing something like a biopic. Then again, he's probably the kinda guy that would surprise us all by tackling some completely new ground, genre-wise, but I'm hoping we get some guns and 'splosions and maybe even a little outer space.

I kinda like the idea that this is all a ruse to eventually announce the project is Star Wars VII, but that probably has less to do with likelihood and more to do with the fact that I would LOVE to see Brad Bird do Episode VII. I mean, after the secrecy that Disney managed to pull off in obtaining the rights to Star Wars in the first place, I wouldn't say that any possibilities are off the table.
11:49AM on 01/24/2013
Bring it.
Bring it.
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11:42AM on 01/24/2013

This could never be bad news...

I'm already sleeping in the AMC parking lot for this one.
I'm already sleeping in the AMC parking lot for this one.
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