Details Emerge for Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof's '1952'

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Earlier this year, Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof announced that they'd be teaming up for "1952," and the two men took a page out of mutual buddy J.J. Abrams's playbook by not revealing a darn thing about it. Now, more than a year after the project's initial announcement, a few details have trickled out about the film, as Vulture is reporting that the duo are looking to make a film that will attempt to "capture the spirit" of Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Such a comparison will likely cause readers to assume that the film will center around extraterrestrials, and, indeed, Vulture's earlier report indicated that the film "will be set largely in the present day and it is about aliens making contact here on Earth." However, they've since amended their article to reflect that the film won't be about aliens at all.

Instead, it will just be in the vein of Spielberg's classic and will still "center around a Roy Neary-like protagonist." Given the comparison, it seems likely that this protagonist will be obsessing over something just as Richard Dreyfuss did in "Close Encounters," but, considering the veil of secrecy hanging over the film, it might be a while before it's officially revealed.

Also surprising? "1952" doesn't refer to the setting; instead, it refers to how the film got its working title when Lindelof visited Disney brass last spring. During the visit, the writer was granted access to a banker's box whose original label ("That Darn Cat") had been scratched out and replaced with "1952."

Reportedly, the random collection of stuff inside the box included the early work on some sort of project (possibly an amusement park) centered around aliens. Furthermore, 1952 was the year of the "Washington flap," a UFO incident that occurred in Washington D.C.

So all signs point to aliens--except, apparently, the film won't be about aliens. It's interesting stuff, and par for the course for anyone associated with Abrams. Vulture goes on to say that the studio is planning an elaborate marketing campaign that will resemble those used by past Abrams productions.

Whatever form it takes, the film will seemingly represent another attempt to recall the Amblin style after Abrams himself gave it a shot last year in "Super 8." Those of us who were weaned on Spielberg can officially feel disconcertingly old.

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