Hey! Wasn't there ALREADY gonna be a Tomorrowland with The Rock?

Back in 2011, we whipped up a roster of Disney park attractions on the fast track to silver-screen glory.  One of the projects, called Tomorrowland, had the Brahma Bull himself, Dwayne Johnson, attached as an astronaut catapulted into the 24th century.  With all the recent murmurings and rumors surrounding Brad Bird's latest indulgence 1952, now renamed Tomorrowland, this may be the storyline Disney follows with George Clooney now in the lead. 

On Monday, Walt Disney Studios announced it was producing the live-action geek movie written by Damon Lindelof of Lost and Brad Bird of The Incredibles.  Whether it will be exposed as this same project formerly associated with the Rock and how it might be tied into one of Uncle Walt's most popular themed lands remains to be seen.  Here's what we knew ...

Tomorrowland was first reported in 2008 as a vehicle for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, to be produced by Disney and Mayhem Pictures (The Game Plan). The Hangover screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore were hired to write a sci-fi adventure from an original idea and inspired by the classic Disneyland sci-fi zone. 

The script was a family-friendly space opera with funny, futuristic tones revolving around modern-day test pilot Rip (the Rock) transported 350 years into the future while testing a dangerous new concept aircraft.  The future is a bright, fantastical place where every gadget or device is much more amazing than you'd expect.  Stranded, Rip must gradually figure out how things work, causing citizens of the future to believe Rip is an evil supervillain trying to destroy Earth.

Is this Bird's clandestine baby?  Sound familiar, or just more movie title musical chairs?

Disney's Tomorrowland is set to appear in theaters in time for Christmas 2014.

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