A big, big break has come for Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof‘s secret-wrapped sci-fi adventure, and George Clooney is thy name. At least, he might be: Variety tell us the actor has started talks over headlining 1952, the Disney project only known as a Close Encounters-inspired picture about a normal citizen who makes contact with extraterrestrials. Or, not, because sources are a little dodgy on this one and have gone multiple directions in such a short span of time. It could have nothing to do with Spielberg‘s classic, for all we know.
As there are only talks underway and, because a greenlight has yet to actually go through, none of the business proceedings are a sure thing, either. You can bet Disney will be going after Clooney pretty intensely, however, thanks to what Jeff Sneider identifies as their (altogether unsurprising) pursuit of big names for their movies / franchises. Considering you can’t get much bigger than him nowadays, this one’s easy to buy. (And, on that note, it hasn’t been indicated whether or not 1952 could start a series with which Clooney further banks his name on. I wouldn’t count out the possibility.)
The fact that 1952 hangs on a (plausibly secure) thread does, unfortunately, sort of preclude us from giving reactions past a simple “yes” or “no” — even if those are a little silly, too. Well, you didn’t ask for it, but, okay: Clooney tackling sci-fi with a great entertainment craftsman is something I’m absolutely, totally, 100% supportive of, regardless of anything else. That is all that should even be indicated on our own end.
Does Clooney register as a surprising pick to headline 1952?
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