The fake-out stories being told around Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof's Tomorrowland are getting thicker and harder to navigate. During Disney's D23 panel on upcoming live action releases, the two filmmakers came out on stage to tell tall tales about their supposed mystery box movie.
In case you haven't been paying attention, the conceit is this: Lindelof conceived the story for Tomorrowland after rooting through a mysterious box found in the Disney archives. All nonsense, of course, but it's been played as a game, apparently in the spirit of fun.
During the presentation today they demonstrated how a decoder strip apparently found in the box uncovered a hidden message in an old issue of Amazing Stories, and how a long lost piece of Disney animation was encoded on a curious little disc.
Again, all fake. But they showed the animation – of a talking cave painting sharing some profundities – and it was intriguing at least.
There was a lot of talk about a secret society building Tomorrowland – though apparently not really the Tomorrowland in the Disney parks, a different one – and it was said that this clique included Edison and Tesla.
I have no idea what this is all building towards, or why co-writer Jeff Jensen has more lately been left out of the spotlight, but at least I hope folks are having fun with the journey. For those who might want something a little more tangible, here's your first look at the film's logo.
That's from the free tie-in app, available now on the App store but expected to disappear soon…