Disney is taking my favorite land and giving it the cinema treatment with Tomorrowland! Of course, it’s not the first time they’ve taken a bit of Disneyland magic to the silver screen; they’ve had mixed success in the past. I’m going to think happy thoughts—more the first Pirates of the Caribbean and less “the other ones” or, heaven forbid, The Haunted Mansion (still one of my favorite attractions at the park—go there with your official Disney birthday button for one of the creepiest “happy birthday” wishings of your life). I do have high hopes with Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, …) behind the wheel and an excellent cast, seemingly headlined by George Clooney (you know, that ER guy). Fingers crossed!
To say this teaser leaves a lot to the imagination… well, leaves a lot to the imagination—but I suppose that’s really the point of a teaser. I think it’s a bit early to speculate as to plot and content—TEASER SPOILER: dystopian present that can be fixed in an alternate reality?—and every so often a teaser will have little to do with the actual plot of the finished film. But you can bet I’ll be there May 2015 to find out! I’m just so freakin’ teased right now! And now you can tease yourself! Enjoy!
Here’s what Disney gives for the official summary:
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer & co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
One Additional Note: Noticing that Damon Lindelof is involved, makes me a little worried. He’s a fine writer and, I’m sure, a fine person but his name tends to pop up on projects I find to be “not fully baked” in some way. I get the impression he’s someone who likes to come up with interesting scenarios—but ultimately he doesn’t know where to take them. LOST is a great example of this from his résumé and you can find more with Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus, World War Z and The Leftovers. Excellent scenarios all!—but then the cracks form when the stories are not quite sure where they’re going or how to wrap up. I’m hoping that his involvement with Tomorrowland was more in the concept and scenario development department and less to do with the actual plotting and writing of the script. What do you think?