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Brad Bird's dance card post-'M:I-Ghost Protocol' is filling up quickly, and apparently filling up with numerically-titled movies. In addition to his in-the-works Pixar adventure '1906,' Bird is now evidently set to direct sci-fi flick '1952' for Disney. The details made available regarding this new project are extremely limited, no one's even sure what specifically the title refers to. What we do know is that the film will be penned by Damon Lindelof ('Prometheus') and will be the first that he's produced right from the ground floor. Disney initially made the rather expensive deal with Lindelof to write the '1952' last year, but the inclusion of Brad Bird in the director's chair has sparked renewed interest in this secretive project. Disney is looking to begin production next year.
What I find interesting about this project is that no one can even say whether '1952' will be an animated film or if it will be live-action. One would assume, given the enormity of Lindelof's deal and the fact that he's never written an animated feature film before, that this will be live-action, but Brad Bird is now a director who has proven he can work in either medium so this is still a complete wild card. I wonder if this gig is the reason Bird had to depart 'Here There Be Monsters,' the history/fantasy mash-up wherein American patriot John Paul Jones battles sea monsters. One could also speculate that '1952' may also be the reason he bowed out of doing the next 'Mission: Impossible,' but with that franchise's history of never having the same director helm more than one film, and Bird's own assertion that that's how the series should remain, it's likely the two events are unrelated. In any event, as long as we still get to see '1906,' I'm happy to see Bird land another large-scale movie.
What do you guys think? Do you think '1952' will be animated or live-action? Is it possible to get excited for a project based on who's on board without knowing anything about it?