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Damon Lindelof talks teaming up with Brad Bird to write the mysterious, 1952

Dec. 21, 2012by: Niki Stephens

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 cant 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: Its 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 Michels 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 Ive 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, 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 Im now totally willing to blow up this budding friendship because if I dont my take a shot at him not Ill 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 Ill give you a parking spot and you dont 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, whos a friend of mine, he and I really worked on the when you finally hear about what this thing is Ill 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 wasnt 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 thats been an incredible experience because anytime you write with a partner that you havent 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 guys never made a bad movie. Hes made excellent movies in fact. So its been amazing and I think that the movie is going to be cool. Weve been given a tremendous amount of creative licensee by Disney, which is kind of surprising just because theyre Disney and they have a specific, corporate brand to maintain. But its 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, its 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: Its not greenlit.

Collider: Thats my other thing. But the studio seems amped up?

Lindelof: I mean.yes. All the messaging that were 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, thats a big thing.

Lindelof: We have to lock down some key casting elements and we have to make sure that the movie isnt going to cost them an arm and a leg. I have confidence that well be able to accomplish both those things and hopefully when we do well be able to announce what this movie is.

Source: Collider

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2:16PM on 12/26/2012

Uggghhh...

Brad Bird is the man! But Damon L. can suck it, this guy sucks... I can't believe people continue to use this guy in Hollywood. I just don't f@ckin' get it??!! I can't imagine Bird had anything to do with this decision and if he did, meh... Whatever... just my opinion.
Brad Bird is the man! But Damon L. can suck it, this guy sucks... I can't believe people continue to use this guy in Hollywood. I just don't f@ckin' get it??!! I can't imagine Bird had anything to do with this decision and if he did, meh... Whatever... just my opinion.
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3:12PM on 12/22/2012

Lindelof couldn't be more overrated.

His luck impresses me. His talent doesn't.
His luck impresses me. His talent doesn't.
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8:23PM on 12/21/2012
It's weird but I think I'm actually more intrigued by Jeff Jensen's involvement than anything. I still love Lost overall, but Jensen's theories were frequently more well thought out and brilliant than the show itself. I think Lindelof pairing with Jensen is a smart idea, in the way that Lindelof is good at big abstract concepts and themes and Jensen would be good at anchoring those in more tangible ideas.
It's weird but I think I'm actually more intrigued by Jeff Jensen's involvement than anything. I still love Lost overall, but Jensen's theories were frequently more well thought out and brilliant than the show itself. I think Lindelof pairing with Jensen is a smart idea, in the way that Lindelof is good at big abstract concepts and themes and Jensen would be good at anchoring those in more tangible ideas.
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