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Damon Lindelof inks Disney deal to write Sci-Fi feature film “1952”

Star Trek sequel co-writer Damon Lindelof has signed a 7-figure deal with Disney to write and produce a sci-fi film called 1952 (working title). The project is described as a large-scale science fiction feature film geared towards a family audience. Details over the fold.

Since the hit ABC series LOST went off the air last season Lindelof has kept himself busy. In addition to his current work on the Star Trek sequel, Lindelof teamed with Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for the Jon Favreau-directed Cowboys & Aliens, and did extensive re-write work on Ridley Scott’s Alien-themed project Prometheus. Now Deadline reports on this new project:

The project came out of a series of meetings that Lindelof had with Disney’s production president Sean Bailey and senior exec Brigham Taylor, and it’s the first film that Lindelof is producing from the ground up.

No further details are known about the movie — and the title may not even be time-period based — but Deadline does say Lindelof won’t start work on it until after the Star Trek sequel. Additionally, the site notes that the project isn’t being restricted to movies only and could be seen on multiple platforms. Lindelof has already taken to Twitter to "elaborate" further on the "7-figure" part of the deal:

"The seven figures are: Jawa (vinyl-caped), Han in Hoth gear, Bossk, Lobot, Greedo, Admiral Ackbar and Obi-Wan (with telescoping saber)."

Speaking of Twitter…

Before Lindelof tweeted his approval of Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class — "Dug FIRST CLASS though, especially Fassbender, McAvoy and the best deployment of the PG-13 single-use eff-bomb I have ever seen." — Lindelof criticized actress January Jones’ performance as Emma Frost:

"Emma Frost’s THREE mutant powers: Telepathy, Transformation to Solid Diamond and last but not least, Sucking at Acting."

Unsurprisingly the tweet didn’t go unnoticed and was quickly picked up across the web including on gossip site Perez Hilton. Lindelof later tweeted his regrets:

"I need to stop saying mean things on Twitter. #MORNINGAFTER"

"I am only slightly less disgusted with the amount of play my X-Men comment got than I am with myself for making it in the first place."

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pilotfre
June 9, 2011 4:29 pm

please just finsih the next star trek film first

Harry Ballz
June 9, 2011 4:33 pm

Ironic that these guys get every job in Hollywood, but then don’t have the time to finish half of them!

jas_montreal
June 9, 2011 4:33 pm

Lol. Why is Damon speaking ? He can’t even act himself.

Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
June 9, 2011 4:34 pm

Damon. Make a great Star Trek Movie and you can say what ever you want. Make a great Star Trek Movie and you can do what ever you want in writting.

Darryl
June 9, 2011 4:47 pm

From this day forward, I will only eat baked beans until the new Star Trek movie is released. Any medical issues that result will be on Orci/Kurtzman/Lindelof/Abrams head(s).

Dee - lvs moon' surface
June 9, 2011 4:58 pm

Surely we will not see Emma Frost in Star Trek … What a relief! LOL…

They have a big mouth … but not to give us information about Trek 2… relevant information I mean … What a pity! … +LOL

kidding … I have a big mouth … too! :-) :-)

Dee - lvs moon' surface
June 9, 2011 5:05 pm

And worse was to end on Perez Hilton… LOL… OMG! … this happens in that world… Mr. Lindelof not get upset! … Give us a great movie, and we will support you!!! …

:-) :-)

Woulfe
June 9, 2011 5:09 pm

1952

A sci-fi epic about the old serials made in that time period ?

I’m so there if that’s what it is

;-)

please add extra cheese as well

Gorgo
June 9, 2011 5:52 pm

There’s other people in Hollywood too who can write, produce and make movies. Why do they keep giving projects to the same batch of people who have so many already they can’t even make them on time????

June 9, 2011 5:59 pm

Lindelof should never apoligize for being honest. January Jones’ acting in the film was its only weak point. Thankfully her screen time mostly involved her looking hot. Every line was spoken in monotone as if she was reading from cue cards right off screen.

June 9, 2011 6:17 pm

@9: Hollywood works on connections, dude. Despite the occasional one hit wonders, the work repeatedly goes to those who’ve proven they can perform the job and who’ve worked their way into the awareness of the decisionmakers. Which is not unreasonable given how much money movies generally cost to make and is at risk.

I can’t think of the title right now but there’s an excellent documentary about how the arrogant imbecile who made The Boondock Saints alienated Harvey Weinstein and demolitioned his own career.

Red Dead Ryan
June 9, 2011 6:39 pm

The “supreme court” guys have EARNED the right to do whatever they want, when they want, “Star Trek” included. “Star Trek” is NOT the priority for these guys. It is BUT ONE of many projects. Sure, they are obviously pyched about Trek, but they aren’t obsessed with it and want to ensure they have a career outside of Trek so that they have something to fall back on once their tenure with Paramount/CBS is over.

The days of writers exclusively devoted to “Star Trek” are over. And that is not such a bad thing.

Dee - lvs moon' surface
June 9, 2011 6:43 pm

“but Deadline does say Lindelof won’t start work on it until after the Star Trek sequel.” … GREAT!

:-) :-)

Vultan
June 9, 2011 7:08 pm

I guess he’s never watched “Mad Men” then. Jones is pretty well known for her “frosty” delivery.

Harry Ballz
June 9, 2011 7:19 pm

11.

dmduncan, that documentary was called Overnight.

June 9, 2011 7:39 pm

15. Harry Ballz – June 9, 2011

Yes! The movie was much better than the jerk it was about. I tried watching Boondock Saints afterward and couldn’t get through the first 30 mins.

VZX
June 10, 2011 5:45 am

Yo, I really dig the fact that Lindelof is such a geek that he makes the action figure reference. (Also, I have those 7 figures he mentioned).

Go, Geeks, Go!

Kirk, James T.
June 10, 2011 6:05 am

They’ve finished the Star Trek script and their waiting for Abrams to finish on Super 8 and will be teasing us until SDCC where they will launch the sequel big style – this has got to be the only plausible excuse

Ivory
June 10, 2011 6:31 am

He’s right about Jones, but I wouldn’t have said it in his position. Jones was bad beyond belief in that movie.

Thorny
June 10, 2011 7:13 am

13… “but Deadline does say Lindelof won’t start work on it until after the Star Trek sequel.” … GREAT!

At this rate, that’s sometime in 2013…

Jack
June 10, 2011 8:58 am

19. Yeah, she was odd and one-dimensional (although her outfit wasn’t). But so were all of the bad guys, even Bacon — he was way more interesting in his one German scene.

VOODOO
June 10, 2011 12:28 pm

WOW!

I hope Damon doesn’t run into Jones at some industry party or something. That said he was right on the mark. She was really bad.

June 10, 2011 2:49 pm

Can’t wait for tonight’s Hero Complex Film Festival.

Bill Peters
June 10, 2011 3:19 pm

I think they have the move all but wraped up number 1 but it shall be intresting to see what they give us :)

KHAN 2.0
June 10, 2011 3:25 pm

Hey guys – watching the Graham Norton show now in UK and Pegg and Tom Hanks are on (promoting ‘Paul’ and ‘Larry Crowe’) and they both started trying to out geek each other on TOS episodes etc anyway Pegg said Hanks would be welcome on the sequel and Hanks said hed like to play a Romulan. I got the impression they were both being quite serious. Hanks seemed quite bummed hed never been in a sci fi movie

Hanks was nearly cast as Z Cochrane in FC wasnt he? (but couldnt do it due to him directing That Thing You Do)

MJ
June 11, 2011 1:03 am

What an ego — sending congrats on getting an F-bomb into a PG-13 movie that kids will see, and then making fun of an actress.

Keachick (rose pinenut)
June 11, 2011 1:36 am

MJ – One “f” word may be used in a PG-13 movie, as well as limited nudity and a lot of violence. Movies that receive MPAA rating of PG-13 in the States can often get a higher rating in other countries, like NZ. Star Trek 09 was PG-13 in the US but has an M-rating here. Believe me, kids are more than familiar with the “f” word, whether we like it or not.

Just watched on TV news here tonight about a children’s bedtime story book (published in the US) that is selling like crazy over the internet with the “f” word in it. It is likely to be on sale here within a couple of weeks. It was written by a dad who had been through the bedtime ritual over several years…I think it is meant more for adult readers, but it looks and reads like a children’s book. Crazy but true.

I have to admit that hearing too much of the “f” word, and worse still the “mf” word, starts to really grate on me. Ugh!

MJ
June 11, 2011 1:47 am

@27. My comment was more about how giddy Lindelof was about a fellow producer getting and F-word into a PG-13 movie…it just seemed juvenile of him. Also, you got a lot of people out of work over here, and he is making cracks about his seven figure salary. And then there is his very public putdown January Jones — that seemed out of place for a producer/writer of his stature to go public.

These guys need to spend less time tweeting, planking and signing new deals and more time getting the new Trek script done. Now that the movie is going to be surely delayed, these “fun and games” stories from the Trek writers no longer seem all that funny to me.

Thomas
June 11, 2011 12:16 pm

14. Vultan
Many people have questioned if January Jones is essentially playing herself when she plays Betty Draper, because she turns in a good performance there. Take her out of Mad Men, and she’s no good. Did you ever see her hosting turn on Saturday Night Live? She may have replaced Frank Zappa’s appearance in 1978 as the worst episode ever.

Vultan
June 11, 2011 1:39 pm

#29

No, I didn’t see that particular SNL, but I did hear it was really bad.

I didn’t mind Jones’ acting in X-Men. Maybe it’s because I’m used to watching her in Mad Men.

June 12, 2011 2:11 pm

I saw X Men First Class and could NOT disagree with Damon more on his recent Twitter opinion that January Jones cannot act.

Shes does the most consistent and nonstop “bored” better than anyone I’ve ever seen.

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