George Clooney may star in Brad Birds UFO movie '1952'
I'm excited to see him develop original material, though, because I think he's got a strong voice and he's got a deeply-rooted love of genre. He's exactly the sort of guy we should be supporting in the creation of new properties instead of just dumping the familiar on him over and over. Sure, he'd make a great "Star Wars" movie, but I'd rather see whatever "1952" is from him instead.
What we know so far is that the script is by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, who you may know as a pop culture columnist from "Entertainment Weekly." It has long been theorized that the film might have something to do with the Washington D.C. UFO sightings from 1952 (see video below), which inspired all sorts of film and TV projects including "Earth Versus The Flying Saucers," and Variety's report today once again suggests that the film is about alien invaders. If the casting they discussed today works out, though, we can expect to see George Clooney in the mix, and that makes this even more interesting.
After all, Clooney doesn't do a ton of big genre movies. He has seemed very happy to star in and direct movies that are more adult in nature, less genre or blockbuster oriented. This could be a great way for him to make a big piece of pop entertainment that is also substantial. I like the fact that this is still pretty much an unknown quantity, that we really have no idea what it is.
It sounds like they're getting ready to get this one started in earnest, and we'll have more for you as it comes together.
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After gallivanting about outer space in Alfonso Cuar n's Gravity, George Clooney will (possibly) see outer space coming to him in Brad Bird's 1952. The star has just entered negotiations for the sci-fi tentpole, which is set up at Disney. The script comes from Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof, and has drawn comparisons to Close Encounters of the...
Nearly the moment a new set of Star Wars films were announced, Brad Bird began getting tossed about by fans as a possible director. One exuberant fan even produced a full-on campaign ad advocating Bird for the post. However, cooler minds were quick to point out that Bird already has a large commitment between now and 2015 that will almost...
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