Even if your teams weren’t playing, chances are you still tuned in to last night’s Super Bowl – either for the commercials or one of the fifteen new, and hotly anticipated, movie trailers. Disney was one of the studios who paid big bucks to unveil one of those trailers in front of one of the largest (if not the largest) television audiences of the year.
Take a look at the first trailer for the sci-fi thriller, Tomorrowland:
“What if there was a place where nothing was impossible,”
After watching this little 30 second tease, that place still exists only in our imaginations, since we don’t know very much more than we did before we saw it. What we did get was the teensiest of peeks at the visuals, which since they have to compete with the 3-D Tomorrowland that many grew up actually walking around in, are sure to stunning.
from Walt Disney Studios:
“Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland”.”
I’m not generally a fan of films based on theme park rides or attractions, but I am intrigued by Tomorrowland. One reason is that its director, Brad “The Incredibles” Bird, was offered Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens as only his second live-action film (after IM5:Ghost Protocol), but turned it down for this one because, “when you get the rare chance to do an original film like Tomorrowland, you take the opportunity”. Since he co-wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindeloff, I’m not sure which came first, the film or the opportunity to direct.
Actually, the idea for the film has been kicking around almost as long as its Disneyland incarnation. Okay, that’s hyperbole. But in Hollywoodland terms, 2008, might as well be 1955. It all started with a script from writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who wanted Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to star. Their screenplay was supposedly not based on the Disney Tomorrowland attractions, but was an original story which merely “borrowed” the title.
In 2013, Walt Disney Pictures announced that a film titled 1952 (a code name for the top-secret, very hush hush project) would be re-titled Tomorrowland. It doesn’t appear that Bird and Lindelof are using Lucas and Moore’s script at all, since only they (along with Jeff Jenson) have story credit on the film.
In any case, Bird has assembled a cast top-lined by the world’s most famous newlywed, George Clooney, as inventor Frank Walker, as well as Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Lochlyn Munro, Tim McGraw and Britt Robertson, best known for “Under the Dome”, as budding scientist Casey Newton.
More will follow…and soon. Tomorrowland opens the flood-gates on this summer’s blockbuster season, on May 22…everywhere.