According to Vulture, the film is a "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"-esque project will center on a man in his 40s not unlike Roy Neary. And that's it, but it certainly sounds intriguing. And for those of you willing to play along, an elaborate viral campaign will begin even before the movie gets in front of cameras, with J.J. Abrams-style clues and whatnot. Hooray? It's not our bag, but there will be more than enough people who will be into it, we suppose.
As for that title, the story goes that when Lindelof went to Disney last year to pitch the movie, he was allowed access to some stuff in the archives, including a box from WED Enterprises, Walt Disney's personal development lab (which later became the Imagineering section of the company). Anyway, there was a box labelled "That Darn Cat!" that had been crossed off and written "1952," and inside was a bunch of material for a proposed movie about alien contact. Huh. So are Lindelof and Bird finishing a lost Walt Disney movie? Did Lindelof change his pitch after digging through that box? Is that anecdote just part of a larger myth being built around the movie? Are there gonna be Engineers in this one too?
So many questions --- and some will be answered when Bird and Lindelof do a Q&A at the Hollywood’s StoryWorld conference later today. More details to come, but let's just hope the payoff is worth being strung along.