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Mission: Impossible director teams up with Lost writer for ‘1952’

Though it’s not much, here’s what we know so far.

Disney has a project in the works currently known as “1952.” Whether this is a reference to the year or not is unknown. Specific cast and plot details are completely lacking, but we know that Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof have signed on to do … something. Bird you may know as the director of the recent Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (not to mention recent animated classics like The Incredibles and The Iron Giant), and Lindelof is best known as the most prolific writer on ABC’s Lost.

According to Deadline, Disney plans for this thing to be a huge movie. Like, “might spawn a franchise and rake in hundreds of millions of dollars” huge. The flick starts shooting next year, and will presumably hit theaters at some nebulous point in the future.

That’s not much to go on, right? Even for purposes of speculation, we’d hope for some clue as to this thing’s plot, and assuming that title is a chronological reference, what happened way back in 1952 that could spawn a major film? According to Wikipedia, 1952 is the year that the Treaty of San Francisco went into effect, “formally ending the war between Japan and the Allies.” Likewise, it was the same year that the US detonated the first hydrogen bomb, codenamed “Operation Ivy.”

Wow, it was also the same year that the “Great Smog” descended on London, killing 4,000, and sickening up to 100,000. Wait a second, didn’t Lost feature a similarly insidious gaseous evil? This is going to be another Lost tie-in, isn’t it? Sigh, we had our fingers crossed for something about that H-bomb. It’s been far too long since we’ve had a quality film about giant ants.

Feel free to speculate wildly in the comments. Obviously we have.