Brad Bird's top secret '1952' now titled 'Tomorrowland'

There's already been plenty of speculation about Brad Bird's upcoming collaboration with screenwriter Lindelof. Most of it was inspired by the rather mysterious title, 1952, and now it's likely to continue as Disney has rechristened it Tomorrowland. I think this lends some weight to the rumors of it having to do with the creation of the Disney theme park which shares that name. Here's the full announcement...

The Walt Disney Studios has announced that its live-action release previously known as 1952 will be titled Tomorrowland. The film will be released domestically on December 19, 2014. George Clooney (The Descendants) is set to star.

Tomorrowland is written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird from a concept by Lindelof and Jeff Jensen. Lindelof (Star Trek, Lost, Prometheus) will produce and Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will produce and direct.

We previously heard that Lindelof was inspired to make a Close Encounters of the Third Kind style story after rummaging through Disney's old development lab, coming across a box labeled 'That Darn Cat!' and crossed off with '1952'. Inside he found a bunch of story notes for an unproduced film about alien contact. How that's going to fold into a story about the Tomorrowland park is beyond me, but I'm dying to find out.