Rumor Has It That Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Will Feature Time Travel And Robots

Monday, March 4 by
 

Not much is known about Tomorrowland, the secret Disney film directed by Brad Bird and written by Damon Lindelof except that George Clooney will star as some sort of guy. Hitfix has uncovered info about the upcoming project via casting announcements that they acknowledge could be bullcrap or could be true.

“A teenage girl, a genius middle-aged man (who was kicked out of Tomorrowland) and a pre-pubescent girl robot attempt to get to and unravel what happened to Tomorrowland, which exists in an alternative dimension, in order to save Earth.”

The “Tomorrowland” that they keep referring to in this break-down appears to be a place where science has blown past the world we live in, and when Frank Walker was a young man, he first encountered the promise of Tomorrowland at the 1964 World’s Fair.  David Nix was there, showing off his own work, and he told Walker to come back when he was older and his inventions actually worked.  A girl named Athena saw great promise in 11-year-old Frank, though, and she snuck him into Tomorrowland.  Eventually, Frank was discovered by Nix and thrown out, but not before learning that the girl he loved, Athena, was actually a robot.

By the time we meet Frank in the film, he’s much older, and George Clooney is set to play the part.  Nix is the role that Hugh Laurie is signed for, and by the point the main story of the film kicks in, Nix has been the mayor of Tomorrowland for many years, and he’s become rotten, corrupt.  Athena, unchanged since Frank was a young man, plays a key role in the film, and the hero is a girl named Casey who has a quick scientific mind that becomes important as the story unfolds.  Nix is a guy who values technical accomplishment over creative thinking, and when he throws Frank out of Tomorrowland, he’s not alone.  Every creative thinker is banished, allowing Nix to focus purely on aesthetics and technical advancement for its own sake.

There’s interdimensional travel, human-looking robots, and a quest for revenge on the part of Frank.  He is a bitter adult, and the film is not just about Casey’s adventure, but also about Frank rediscovering the kid he used to be.  It sounds like young Frank actually plays a decent-sized role in the film, so we may see both timelines play out to some extent.

Hitfix has come through in the past when uncovering plot details, but this one sounds like a misdirect. Were the film starring Brendan Fraser or The Rock, I’d buy it hook, line, and sinker. However, it’s hard for me to believe that Clooney is willing to go on a time-travel adventure with a teenage girl and a robot. Even Soderbergh couldn’t talk him into a role like that.
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