Damon Lindelof Explains "Tomorrowland" Development and Contents of Mystery Box

Posted 12:02 AM January 10th, 2014 by Fred Topel
Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof is back on television, creating and developing HBO’s upcoming series The Leftovers. Even though it’s not on until the summer, Lindelof met with the Television Critics Association today. While he was here, I asked for a movie update on Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland film, which Lindelof co-wrote.

While based on the theme park at Disneyland, Lindelof said he was not ordered to shoehorn any elements of the park into the story. “It had a tremendous amount of freedom to be a story because it was just a word,” Lindelof said. “It was like any story that you present us that has the word Tomorrowland in it that you can build a movie around, that’s the only mandate. It’s not like you need to have Space Mountain in it, there needs to be some reference to Buzz Lightyear and preferably Star Jets. None of that happened. It was essentially run with it. Not any constraints.”

Before he explicitly left Twitter last year, Lindelof tweeted a photo of a mystery box from the Disney vaults. Today he told us his favorite findings from inside the box. “There’s correspondence between Walt Disney and Orson Welles. As a huge Welles-file, just the idea that those two were writing letters to each other in the early 1950s was fascinating to me, because that’s not a synergy that you think. Lo and behold, the tenor of the letters, while polite, sort of showed why those guys could never really collaborate on a project together. But I just loved the idea that they almost did.”

Tomorrowland is coming in 2015.

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