After the success of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird became one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood. He turned down offers from Legendary Entertainment to make Here There Be Monsters (now to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra). At the same time, Lost/Star Trek: Untitled Sequel/Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof was developing a secret project with Walt Disney Pictures, 1952. No plot details have been released other than the film will be "multi-platform." Today, it has been announced that Bird will return to the company that gave him his start, Disney, to direct Lindelof's 1952.
"Multi-platform" is most likely referring to how Disney works nowadays. Disney is a lot larger than most people would suspect; it is one of six global media conglomorates. In just their film studio division, they own several departments: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Touchstone Pictures (and DreamWorks), Disneynature, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pixar Animation Studios. Not only that, but they also several television networks including: ESPN, Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC Family, and ABC News. Make no mistake, if Disney wants a project to move (except, sadly, for John Carter), they can get it all around the world. It's very exciting to see Brad Bird return to Disney, though I can't help but think that maybe this is a ploy to keep Bird happy like they did with Andrew Stanton and John Carter. Hopefully, they know what they're doing and let Bird go about his business making what I'm sure will be a great film. Can you guess what Brad Bird's 1952 really is?