Kayleigh Falvey Staff Writer
The mysterious box that has been teasing fans about Disney’s upcoming sci-fi series Tomorrowland was finally opened by the film’s director Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof in front of an audience at D23 on Saturday.
The contents of the box, allegedly from the Walt Disney archives, is said to have inspired the story which is co-written by Bird, Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jensen. Among the items was a photo of Disney sitting on the wing of a plane with Amelia Earhart, which was dated years after her disappearance in 1939.
The team acknowledged it was a fraud, showed the original image with Earhart and Cary Grant, along with a photo that Disney used to place his head over the actors. The question of why does this photo exist is part of the game they are playing with audiences as the production of the film begins.
The filmmakers also revealed an app that allows everyone to explore the box on its own, and attempt to discover its mysteries. The app mimics a museum presentation with audio commentary, from Jensen, and analysis of its various hidden messages.
In a short message previewing the presentation Lindelof said, “It felt like somebody put all the stuff in this box for some reason.”
The box also helped the filmmakers get George Clooney interested in the leading role. “We brought the box to his house. We made him put on the gloves that Disney makes you put on when you handle the artefacts. Then we told him the story. He said, ‘I’m interested, send me the script when it’s done.’ He read it and liked it enough to take the leap with us.”